States IGR rises by 38.5% in first half of 2021

November 16, 2021 Segun Odunewu 0

Data obtained from the National Bureau of Statistics shows that the 36 states of the federation including the federal capital recorded a sum of N849.12 billion as internally generated revenue between January and June 2021, which is 38.5 percent higher than the N612.87 billion recorded in the first half of 2020 and 26 percent higher than N673.82 billion recorded in Read More

Breaking: In Nigeria, inflation soars by 15.99% – NBS

November 15, 2021 Benjamin Umuteme 0

The Consumer Price Index, (CPI) which measures inflation increased by 15.99 percent (year-on-year) in October 2021.  According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in its October inflation report stated that it is 1.76 percent points higher than the rate recorded in October 2020 (14.23) percent. Increases were recorded in all COICOP divisions that yielded the Headline index. On month-on-month Read More

Anambra: Why Okonkwo ‘ll defeat Uba, Soludo, others – Nwanyanwu

November 1, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The national chairman of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) Chief Dan Nwanyanwu, has expressed confidence that the candidate of his party, Dr. Obiora Okonkwo has the capacity to defeat his contenders in the November 6, governorship election in Anambra state.  Other candidates in the governorship election include Senator Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Charles Soludo of the Read More

Osinbajo’s supporters fault ‘fake’ analysts, commentators over 2023 presidential poll

October 27, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, a group loyal to the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on the platform of Osinbajo Support Movement (OSM) has faulted some comments and analysis made by some commentators against the ambition of the Vice President. The group raised concern over attempts by various acclaimed social media influencers to act under the guise of analysis, free Read More

70-year-old man rapes 7 yr-old-girl in Bauchi

October 26, 2021 Najib Sani 0

A 70-year-old-man in Bauchi state has been arrested by police detectives attached to Zone 12 command headquarters situated in Bauchi for allegedly raping a 7-year-old girl. The culprit one Alhaji Umaru Daura had allegedly defiled the minor who is his neighbour’s daughter at Toro local government of the state. The Zonal Police Public Relations Officer (ZPPRO), Thomas Goni, revealed this Read More

Buhari set to unveil eNaira

October 24, 2021 Editor 0

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has announced that President Muhammadu Buhari will formally unveil the much talked about digital currency, known as the eNaira, on Monday. CBN Director, Corporate Communications, Osita Nwanisobi, who disclosed this in a statement on Saturday said the President will perform the unveiling ceremony inside the State House, Abuja. “Following series of engagements with relevant stakeholders Read More

US President, Joe Biden, picks another Nigerian in fresh appointment

October 23, 2021 Agency Report 0

Another Nigerian Enoh Titilayo Ebong, has made it into the US government, after President Joe Biden appointed her to the post of Director, United States Trade and Development Agency, swelling the list of what has become of the new administration, which took office in February 2021. The appointment of the Nigerian-born technocrat, was contained in a brief with names of nominees for different Read More

NNPC GMD at Editors’ conference: We ‘ve mobilised contractors for Port Harcourt refinery

The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) Thursday called on the federal government to adopt necessary measures in tackling the insecurity bedevilling the country. The editors bared their minds at a two-day conference  in Abuja, with the theme “Media in Times of Crises: Resolving Conflict, Achieving Consensus.” And at the event, Group Managing Director Nigeria National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Mele Kyari announced that Read More

You are flouting court order, ALGON tells Alabi-led faction

October 16, 2021 Chamba Simeh 0

The Secretary of the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Mohammed Abubakar, has said, the third tier of government has suffered grave set back in its contributions towards cohesive national development.  He said in press statement on Saturday that regardless of its yearly support from the Paris Club with huge donations running into Read More

These music groups gave us hit songs one-time, do you still remember?

October 12, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

It is said that two heads are always better than one and it’s no surprise that boy-bands and girl-bands are highly successful with massive impact. Nigerian listeners were entertained by music groups who kept the airwaves and dance floors busy. In this article, we will be looking at the Top Nigerian Music Groups and their hit songs  1- Psquare P-Square consisted of Read More

Recounting gains of liberalising broadcasting in Nigeria

October 10, 2021 Blueprint 0

One of the legacies of then President Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida was the liberalisation of the broadcast industry. Before the promulgation of the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Decree 38 of 1992 (now an Act of Parliament), all legal and constitutional instruments made broadcasting the exclusive preserve of federal and state governments. The decree promulgated on August 24 established the NBC and empowered it to issue licences to individuals. NBC granted the first set of licences in Read More

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Data is key to supporting policies to address socio-economic challenges – Kale

October 6, 2021 Blueprint 0

Data remains a critical tool for supporting policies addressing socio-economic challenges like poverty and unemployment in Nigeria. Dr. Yemi Kale, the immediate past Statistician-General of the Federation and Director-General of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), has said. He made this point while expressing his views on “Data and Economic Development in Nigeria”. According to Kale, data spotlights sectors with Read More

Group tasks NSCDC, FRSC, others on transparent recruitment

October 5, 2021 Lekan Shehinde 0

The Coalition of Civil Society Network (NCSN) has urged government agencies to exercise high level of transparency in their recruitment processes  NCSN in a press briefing Monday, tasked the leadership of Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the Federal Road safety Corps (FRSC) to emulate their sister agencies while conducting their recruitment process.  Chairman of the Coalition, Comrade Zakari Hashim, Read More

Lagos, Rivers, Ebonyi others top states’ 2021 fiscal performance ranking

September 29, 2021 Blueprint 0

BudgIT, a civic-tech organisation leading the advocacy for transparency and accountability in Nigeria and three other African countries has ranked Lagos, Rivers, Anambra, Ebonyi and Kebbi states for growth in its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) as recorded by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) The Communications Lead, Damilola Ogundipe in a statement issued on the 2020 edition of its annual Read More

CSOs, AGP disown Monday planned anti-CBN, Buhari’s economy agenda protest

September 26, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Abuja Grassroots Projects (AGP) have dissociated themselves from the Monday planned anti-Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) protest. The groups noted that the protest will be carried out by a faceless group hired by those who are against the President Mohammadu Buhari’s economy agenda and the Governor of CBN, Godwin Emefiele. The groups, Read More

Economy: Coalition stages rally, hails Buhari, Emefiele

September 22, 2021 Editor 0

Teaming members of Coalition of Civil Society Groups on Wednesday September 22, 2021, staged a solidarity rally in support of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN, Mr. Godwin Emefiele for their tact in handling Nigeria’s economy amidst global pandemic COVID-19. In his address during the rally held at the Unity Fountain in Abuja, Read More

Rising debt: Stabilise Naira exchange rate urgently, PGF boss charges CBN

September 22, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) Salihu Moh Lukman, has asked the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to urgently take every measure necessary urgently and expeditiously stablise the Naira exchange rate. The All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain also appealed to all functionaries of the federal government, especially in ministries of Finance and National Planning to provide all the Read More

20% of Nigeria’s workforce lost their jobs to Covid-19 – NBS

September 22, 2021 Blessing Anaro 0

The coronavirus pandemic resulted in a fifth or 20 per cent of Nigeria’s workforce losing their jobs, the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said. The cuts followed disruptions to supply chains, continuing supply and demand shocks, and a drop in consumer confidence, the agency said in a statement Tuesday, citing a study it conducted with the United Nations Development Programme. Read More

Desperate plot to defame Kpokpogri: An exercise in futility, by Tony Arugba

September 21, 2021 Tony Arugba 0

Comrade Joseph Kpokpogri is reputable for his campaign against anti-corruption. He is the publisher of Integrity Watchdog Magazine of which his reports are balanced and unbiased. His reports are not malice driven, but facts.  For the writer of the venomous publication titled “ PRINCE KPOKPOGIRI: THE NOTORIOUS BLACKMAILER & EXTORTIONIST WHO IS A CONSULTANT WITH THE ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIMES Read More

El-rufai to Southern govs: Anti open-grazing law unimplementable

September 21, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Kaduna state governor Nasir El-Rufai, has responded to the new law banning Open-grazing in the Southern states of Nigeria, saying such law is not implementable presently. Some southern states like Ondo, Oyo, Lagos, Enugu and Osun, among others have passed anti open gracing law. But speaking with newsmen Tuesday after a meeting with officials of the All progressives Congress (APC) Read More

Fani-Kayode: Nobody can stop defectors into APC – Party chieftain

September 21, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bauchi state and state chairmanship aspirant, Hon. Hamidu Saidu Sani, has said no one can stop anybody from decamping to the ruling party from another party. The APC chieftain was reacting to outrage following the recent defection of former Avaition Minister Femi Fani-Kayode into the ruling APC. Saidu made this clarification 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