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 Administrator 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

Leaving office a failure is not an option, Mr President!

August 27, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

In the confines of the Presidential Villa, during a recent meeting of the National Council on Security, one of the many security meetings called at his instance, President Muhammadu Buhari told heads of security agencies that they must address the alarming insecurity situation in the country because he is not prepared to exit office as a failure. To underscore his Read More

USAID livelihoods activity’ll benefit 15,000 farmers in Adamawa

August 20, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched a new activity that would improve livelihoods and strengthen the resilience of 15,000 rural vulnerable households against environmental, economic, and social shocks, and stressors. A press statement by USAID, Friday, said in a ceremony, acting Deputy Director, USAID’s Economic Growth and Environment Office, Jodi Kaye Wade, joined the Chief of Staff Read More

PIA: Beyond fanfare and reservations

August 19, 2021 Mon-Charles Egbo 0

At last, the tortuous journey to strengthen Nigeria’s oil and gas sector came to an end with President Muhammadu Buhari’s assent to the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB thus transforming it to Petroleum Industry Act, PIA. But quite instructively, the spate of reactions that trail this development has diminished the ultimate intentions of the legislation. Nobody seems interested in knowing why, Read More

Insecurity: Matawalle, others to speak at Arewa media writers conference

July 24, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Governor Bello Mohammed Mutawalle of Zamfara state is expected to address Arewa youths in Kaduna on Sunday on insecurity and political development affecting the Northwest region. A statement signed by National Secretary, Arewa Media Writers, Haidar Hashim Kano on Saturday said the Conference, aimed at addressing insecurity in the region, will equally be graced by Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state, the Read More

ITF: Disregard false alarm about Ari, group tells Nigerians

July 22, 2021 Paul Okah 0

The Coalition for Good Governance (CGG) has urged Nigerians to disregard the false alarm by Sahara Reporters and a faceless staff of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) against its Director-General/Chief Executive, Sir Joseph Ari. Addressing journalists at a press conference Thursday in Abuja, CGG secretary-general, Sola Olumese, said after thorough investigation, it discovered no iota of truth in the claims Read More

Why Senate mulled University of Medical and Environmental Sciences

July 5, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The Senate in an ongoing legislative move, is seeking for establishment of  Federal University of Medical and Environmental Sciences. TAIYE ODEWALE examines reasons behind the move. Origin of the idea The idea for establishment of Federal University of Medical and Environmental Sciences was mooted by Senator Michael Opeyemi Bamidele (APC Ekiti Central) through a bill sponsored to that effect and given Read More

The seasonal madness

July 1, 2021 Dan Agbese 0

And the seasonal madness is already upon us. I am torn between wasting my sympathy on PDP and wasting my tears for our country. PDP is bleeding because it is the primary victim of the current seasonal defections of its members to the rival APC – the second time in nearly eight years. Our country is the ultimate loser in Read More

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World Bank’s Covid-19 vaccine financing exceeds $4bn for 50 countries

July 1, 2021 David Agba 0

The World Bank said on Thursday that it is providing over $4 billion for the purchase and deployment of COVID-19 vaccines for 51 developing countries, half of which are in Africa. More than half of the financing comes from the International Development Association (IDA), the Bank’s fund for the world’s poorest countries, and is on grant or highly concessional terms. Read More

First Bank harps on importance of SMEConnect to SMEs growth.

June 30, 2021 Segun Odunewu 0

In a demonstration of its continuous commitment to National development, First Bank, says its digital platform, SMEConnect, platform through which SMEs can access the bank’s plethora of services, has continued to create an atmosphere for SMEs to build, grow and scale. The portal is designed to help SMEs access the Bank’s unique propositions and identify various gaps that hinder their Read More

PAN has continued to invest in critical area…Hosts Air Force War College on security, defence architecture

June 21, 2021 David Agba 0

Peugeot Automobile (PAN) Nigeria Limited says it has continued to invest in critical areas that means much to users of the company’s product range as a way of sustaining its operations.The areas include deepening customers service and aftersales support. The Acting Managing Director of PAN, Ms Taiwo Oluleye, stated this in her welcome address to participants of the Air Force Read More

NYSC signs MoU with NALDA to boost agric productivity

June 9, 2021 John Oba 0

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) to boost food production in the country.Director-General of NYSC, Brig-General Shuaibu Ibrahim stated this  during the signing of the MoU at the NYSC national directorate headquarters in Abuja, Tuesday. He commended NALDA which had recently trained sixty-eight corps members Read More

FG establishes forest plantation in Osun, as Oyetola decries miners’ activities

June 6, 2021 Lateef Ibrahim 0

The Minister of Environment, Dr. Mohammad Abubakar, weekend disclosed that the federal government has established four Hectares of forest plantation at Ago Owu Forest Reserve in Irewole Local Government Area of Osun state.  This is just as Governor Adegboyega Oyetola lamented pollution of waters and threat to the environment by artisanal miners in the state.  The duo of the Minister and the Read More

USAID gets additional Deputy Administrator

June 4, 2021 Editorial III 0

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has created an additional deputy administrator position and shifting to a two-deputy administrator structure. USAID Administrator, Samantha Power, in a statement on USAID structure said: “I am very pleased to announce the start of reforms that will improve USAID’s ability to advance U.S. interests and values and tackle the toughest challenges of Read More

Group backs Buhari’s threat to crush secessionists in South-east

June 2, 2021 Agi Onda 0

The Vanguard for Peace and National Development (VPND) has thrown its weights behind the threat by President Muhammadu Buhari to crush separatist groups in the South-east geopolitical zone. The group in a statement by its Executive Director, Arc Ahmed Tijani enjoined President Buhari to probe the unholy alliances between some highly placed politicians with managers of the various security outfits Read More

DPR, NEITI agree on deepening contract transparency, beneficial ownership implementation

June 1, 2021 Benjamin Umuteme 0

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) have agreed to work together to deepen implementation of Contract Transparency and Beneficial ownership disclosures. A statement by Head, Communications and Advocacy, NEITI, Obiageli Onuorah, noted that the commitments will enable Nigeria meet the compliance standards required in the implementation of beneficial ownership disclosure, contract transparency, Read More

Insecurity: In justification for establishing NUPEC

May 24, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

In this piece, BODE OLAGOKE, takes a look at the recent presentation to the Senate Committee on Interior on the need for the establishment of the National Unity and Peace Corps (NUPEC) by Dr. Chinedu S. Nneji. The challenges facing Nigeria as a nation call for all hands to be on deck, most especially the challenge of insecurity, peaceful co-existence Read More

36% Cross Riverians live in abject poverty – Commissioner

May 21, 2021 Joseph Obung 0

The Cross River state Commissioner for International Development Corporation, Dr. Inyang Asibong, has said more than 36 per cent of those living in the state were living in abject poverty. Asibong said this in Calabar during the flag-off campaign for initiation of Rapid Response Registrar (RRR). “The latest poverty index in Nigeria is 40.1 per cent, Cross River is 36.3 Read More

World Bank targets $150bn investment in Africa

May 19, 2021 Benjamin Umuteme 0

Over the next five years, the World Bank Group has revealed plans to invest and mobilize $150 billion to support Africa’s growth. However, a large portion of the fund will be through grants and long-term, zero-interest-rate loans from the International Development Association (IDA) of which Nigeria is eligible. This was disclosed by World Bank Group’s president, David Malpass at the Read More

China sets national standards on basic public services

China recently released its new national standards on basic public services. The new standards marked a major institutional innovation for China to guarantee and improve people’s livelihood, said Zhao Chenxin, secretary general of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), China’s top economic planner. The standards cover 80 public services of 22 categories and nine aspects, including education, employment, medical Read More

Kwagh-hir inscription by UNESCO a landmark achievement – NICO

April 30, 2021 Administrator 0

The National Institute of Cultural Orientation (NICO) Thursday presented to the Benue state government Certificate of Inscription of Kwagh-hir theatre on the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of humanity. NICO is a parastatal of Federal Ministry of Information and Culture with the primary mandate of promoting positive cultural values and harnessing culture for national development. Presenting the Read More

FEC okays N665m contract variation for poultry farming in 4 states

April 29, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) Wednesday approved a N665 million variation for contracts to boost poultry farming in Borno, Plateau, Yobe and Zamfara states. Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouk disclosed this to State House correspondents at the weekly FEC meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari. She said the poultry programme was in support Read More