Breaking: APC officially welcomes Umahi

November 19, 2020 Amarachukwu EgwuAgha 0

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state was formally welcomed in the All Progressive Congress (APC), days after he left Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The ceremony which took place at the Ecumenical Center Abakaliki, the state capital had the Attorney General  of the Federation, and Minister for Justice Abubakar Malami, governors of Kebbi Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, Jigawa Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, Yobe Mai Mala Buni, Niger state Abubakar Sani Bello and Read More

Niger Assembly finance director, 8 others held over missing N11.67m

October 9, 2020 Aideloje Ojo 0

The director of finance, Niger state House of Assembly, Ibrahim Musa, and eight staff of the accounts department have been arraigned at the Chief Magistrate’s Court 1, Minna, over the theft of N11, 670,000 from the director’s office at the Assembly complex. While the police charged the finance director on a separate First Information Report (FIR) accusing him of negligence Read More

Niger disburses N100m to 171 PHC facilities – Commissioner

October 7, 2020 Aideloje Ojo 0

Niger state government has disbursed N100 million to 171 Primary Health Care facilities to commence the implementation of the Basic Health Care Provision Fund in the state. The state Commissioner of Health and Hospital Management, Dr. Mohammed Makunsidi stated this is a press briefing in Minna. He explained that the state is the first to meet up with the laid Read More

Niger board lauds Bello over 20% monthly pension scheme contributions

October 4, 2020 Aideloje Ojo 0

The Niger state Pension Board has lauded the state Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, for the consistent release of 20% monthly counterpart funding to the resumed Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS) since it commenced four months ago, with the aim of creating new lease of life for retirees in the state. The director-general of the Board, Alhaji Usman Tanimu Mohammed, stated this Read More

Work on Baro port access road ongoing – FG

September 13, 2020 Ahmid Lawal 0

The Ministry of Works and Housing has aff that three contractors are currently working on the Baro Port access road in Niger state. Director, Press and Public Relations in the Ministry, Mrs Boade Akinola in a statement said the Baro Port-Guru town axis road is being handled by Building & Constrn Nig Ltd sponsored with SUKUK and budget funds; the Read More

Etsu Nupe @ 68: You’re peaceful bridge-builder – Bello

September 11, 2020 Aideloje Ojo 0

The Niger state governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, has eulogised the Etsu Nupe and chairman, Niger state Council of Traditional Rulers, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, on his 68th birthday and 17th anniversary on his ascension to the throne as the 13th Etsu Nupe, describing him as “peaceful bridge-builder.” In a congratulatory message issued by his chief press secretary, Mary Noel-Berje, the governor Read More

Niger investigates allege illegal issuance of licenses to logging/charcoal merchants

August 24, 2020 Aideloje Ojo 0

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger state Monday instituted a probe panel to investigate allegation of bribery and issuance of illegal license and permit to wood and charcoal merchants for exploitation of forest reserves in the state. He decried the level at which forest were being degraded by wood merchants and illegal charcoal producers who were mostly from other states. Read More

Military kills several bandits in Niger, loses 3 soldiers

August 17, 2020 Musa Umar Bologi 0

The Defence Headquarters has disclosed that troops Operation WHIRL PUNCH have killed unidentified number of bandit’s Tashan kare in Niger state. Coordinator Defence Media Operations,  Maj.  Gen.  John Enenche said the operation was executed following credible intelligence on the activities of armed bandits attack in the area. He said: “Troops swiftly mobilised to the scene and made contact with the Read More

Uncertainty as massive resignation hits IBB varsity

August 15, 2020 Abdulsalam Mahmud 0

It seems the mass resignation of about seven lecturers at the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai (IBBUL), in Niger state, was not a novel incident. But another lecturer at the institution, who did not want to be named, told Blueprint that many academic staff have discreetly resigned their appointments in recent times. “That four professors in our university tendered their Read More

Informants worse than bandits – Masari

August 11, 2020 Hamidu Sabo 0

Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina state Monday said armed banditry and kidnap for ransom in the North-west zone have been sustained by the activities of informants. Addressing a press conference at the Nigerian Army Super Camp in Faskari local government area of the state, the governor cautioned residents of communities troubled by banditry to desist from providing information to Read More

Sallah: We’re committed to peace, development – Bello

July 30, 2020 Aideloje Ojo 0

Governor of Niger state, Abubakar Sani Bello, has restated the determination of his administration towards ensuring peace, growth and development of the state and the country. The governor stated this in a Sallah message issued Thursday in Minna by his chief press secretary, Mrs. Mary Noel Barje. He said: “The continued peaceful and corporate existence of the state in particular Read More

Flood kills 10 in Niger

July 26, 2020 Aideloje Ojo 0

Up to 10 bodies of persons killed in a devastating flood disaster in Suleja town in Suleja local government of Niger state have been recovered, Director General of the state Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA), Ahmed Inga has said. Blueprint learnt that the flood occurred at the weekend following heavy rain during which several houses and property were also swept away. Read More

Democracy Day: Govs forum chair thumbs up Buhari

June 12, 2020 Chamba Simeh 0

The chairman, North Central Governors Forum, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger state, has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari for “his giant strides towards consolidating democracy and instituting good governance” in the country. Governor Bello, in a congratulatory message by his chief press secretary (CPS), Mrs. Mary Noel Berje, expressed optimism “in the ability of Mr. President to continue to deliver Read More

Gov Bello has shown uncommon leadership capacity – CPS

May 29, 2020 Chamba Simeh 0

The chief press secretary to the Niger state governor, Mrs. Mary Noel Berje, has said the administration of Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello had set precedence and demonstrated “exemplary leadership traits” by delivering service and good governance according to the people’s needs. Mrs. Berje stated this in Minna in a chat with journalists, adding that the administration “now in its fifth Read More

Protest rocks Niger isolation centre, one escapes; doctor, 2 other returnees swell Covid-19 cases

May 6, 2020 Aideloje Ojo 0

There is disquiet in Niger state following the purported escape of a woman from government isolation centre same day the state government confirmed a record of three fresh Covid–19 positive cases. This is as those quarantined at the centre in Minna launched protest over ‘ill-treatment’. The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Muhammad Makusidi, said the new cases include a medical Read More

Breaking: Niger quarantines entire community day after recording first Covid-19 positive case

April 11, 2020 Aideloje Ojo 0

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger state has ordered the entire Limawa community to be quarantined day after Coronavirus positive case was recorded within the sprawling area. Limawa is a suburb in Minna, Niger state capital where the first COVID-19 was recorded on Friday. The community is less than 500 residents. Governor Bello gave the quarantine order on Saturday in Read More

Lockdown: Etsu Nupe sponsors online language training

April 3, 2020 Awaal Gata 0

Sponsored by the Etsu Nupe and Chairman, Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, a one month “Nupe language e-class” was kick-started Friday to encourage compliance with the ongoing stay-at-home order over the rampaging covid-19. Director, Indigenous Languages Learning Centre (ILLEC), Adamu Idris Manarakis, said the class has been designed to keep participants busy in their homes as they Read More

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6 die in Niger auto crash

February 14, 2020 Editorial III 0

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Niger state has said six people had died in an accident on Thursday on the outskirts of Lambata – Lapai road of Gurara local government area of the state. The FRSC sector commander in the state, Mr. Joel Dagwa, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Minna that the accident Read More

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ASUU blames FG, states for insecurity as Police, vigilantes battle bandits in Niger

February 10, 2020 Editor 0

Barely five days after neutralising 250 suspected insurgents and related criminals in Birnin Gwari, Kaduna state, the police, supported by the vigilantes and local hunters engaged bandits believed to be insurgents, in fierce battles in Mashegu and Shiroro local government areas of  Niger state.  Blueprint learnt that the bandits, whom villagers said were members of the Islamic States West Africa Province (ISWAP), Read More