Paucity of funds responsible for SMEs’ underdevelopment – SMEDAN DG

July 26, 2020 Oyibo Salihu 0

The Director General, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDA), Dr. Dikko Umaru Radda, has identified lack of access to affordable finance as the major factor militating against the growth and development of small and medium scale businesses in the country. Dr. Radda stated this in Lokoja during a  sensitisation and awareness creation  programme  on the proposed Small and Medium Enterprises Rating Agency (SMERAN) organised by Read More

Rohr lauds Zidane for winning league

July 20, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Super Eagles Coach Gernot Rohr has lauded his former pupil, now coach of European giants Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, for winning the 2019/2020 Spanish Premier League.Rohr said the Frenchman is modest compared with two world class coaches in Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp and Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola. Rohr coached Zidane for half a year during the 1995-1996 season at Bordeaux and Read More

Reps and the honour on a super cop; DCP Kyari

June 22, 2020 Editorial IV 0

It was not common for any of the houses of the National Assembly to honour a public servant, in reward for demonstrating exceptional feat in his/her area of service. JOSHUA EGBODO writes. Unhonoured summons What is seemingly a trademark of the parliament-summons upon summons in search of explanations as they relate to the performance of public officers’ duties, has seldom Read More

Modern farming: The Gov Bala Mohammed initiative

June 11, 2020 Editorial IV 0

  The key to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, according the Global Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) State of Food and Agriculture report, are transforming rural communities and promoting modern agricultural techniques. One of those Nigerian leaders that subscribed to the idea and in the forefront of boosting rural agriculture and animal husbandry is Read More

Bauchi youth condemn call for sack of service chiefs, hail NAF boss

June 10, 2020 Chamba Simeh 0

  The Bauchi Youths Discussion Circle has condemned the recent calls from some Nigerians for the sack of service chiefs. They, however, expressed their unalloyed support for the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar in his efforts towards ending insecurity in the country. President of the circle, Prince Mohammed Sani Hassan, while speaking with newsmen in Abuja, Wednesday, Read More

Amokachi backs Ighalo Super Eagles return

June 8, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Former Super Eagles striker, Daniel Amokachi has supported Odion Ighalo’s move to return to the senior national team. Ighalo is considering a return to the Eagles after retiring from international football after the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations AFCON in Egypt last year. His impressive performance for Manchester United in his loan spell has also seen calls for his return Read More

Raw materials: Senate, RMRDC disagree on performance index

June 8, 2020 Taiye Odewale 0

  Disagreement ensued Monday between the Senate Committee on Science and Technology and the Raw Materials  Research and Development Council ( RMRDC) over performance index of the latter within the last 32 years. While members of the committee wondered why the Raw Materials Development Council has not saved the Nation from spending huge amount of dollars on yearly basis on Read More

Assessing Bala’s one-year stewardship in Bauchi

June 4, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The present Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led government in Bauchi state is one year in office. In this report by NAJIB SANI, he takes a cursory look at what good governance is all about in the state. The electorates in Bauchi state have no doubt written their names in gold as politically-civilised people especially for exhibiting rare courage in choosing their Read More

TETFund and Bogoro’s exemplary performance

June 4, 2020 Editorial IV 0

UJI ABDULLAHI ILIYASU reports that the Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) Professor Suleiman Elias Bogoro, goes about his national assignment with such zeal as if the next day will be too late. Background In recognition of his selfless service to the nation, Bogoro has been deservedly recognised and given awards by two prominent media houses in March Read More

Ibrahim-Imam is new TETFUND BoT chairman

May 19, 2020 Uji Abdullahi Iliyasu 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Kashim Ibrahim-Imam as chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT) of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund). Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, broke the news Monday about Ibrahim-Imam’s appointment, which was effective from May 14, 2020.  Adamu also said the appointment would run for four years consequent upon which it would be reviewed based on Read More

Dickson will win Bayelsa west senatorial by-election – APC chieftain

April 13, 2020 Joy Emmanuel 0

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Perekeme Kpodoh, has predicted that Chief Seriake Dickson would win the forthcoming Bayelsa West senatorial district by-election in the state. The founding member of the APC in the state said the former governor if he emerges as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate would win landslide.   Kpodoh based his optimism Read More

Mikel is the greatest Nigerian EPL player – Nwosu

April 9, 2020 Editorial IV 0

As the controversy is still raging over who is the greatest Nigerian player, former Super Eagles mercurial midfielder, Henry Nwosu albeit may have started another round of debate by handpicking  John Mikel Obi as the greatest Nigerian player ever to play in the English Premier League, EPL. Mikel joined Chelsea in the summer of 2006 after the Blues resolved their Read More

COVID 19: Commissioner gives update on Kano

April 2, 2020 Bashir Mohammed 0

Following the lock-down effected in some states in the country, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic currently ravaging the globe, the Kano state government said it has not recorded a single confirmed case of Coronavirus in the state. Giving update on the performance of the State Task Force Committee on Covid-19 at a press briefing in Kano, Thursday, the State Commissioner Read More

Dare, Dalung condole with the family of Nwosu

April 1, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Federal Government and former Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Barrister Solomon Dalung have expressed shock and sadness over the sudden death of Ndidi Nwosu, a para-powerlifter athlete who represented Nigeria at different international competitions.  Expressing deepest condolences and sympathy with the family of the late iconic powerlifter, speaking on behalf of the federal government, Sports minister, Mr Sunday Dare, Read More

I ‘ll not give a second thought on Shenhua £400K a week – Udeze

April 1, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Former Super Eagles defender Ifeanyi Udeze has made it clear that he will never have a second thought on accepting Shanghai Shenhua’s £400,000 per week offer given to Odion Ighalo.  Udeze’s statement comes after the Chinese Super League side Shanghai offered Odion Ighalo a contract extension which will make him the highest paid African player if he accepts.  Shanghai actually Read More

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FG inaugurates 15-man committee for states fiscal transparency, accountability

March 17, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The federal government Tuesday inaugurated the National Steering Committee for the States Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) Programme-for-Results. According to the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning Mrs. Zainab Ahmed who inaugurated the committee, the programme “is financed with the loan of $750 million from the World Bank to support the states through the provision of performance-based grants.” Read More

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Outside oil sector, ICT growth still disappointing

March 1, 2020 Editorial IV 0

There was some of growth by the end of the year, 2019. But areas where so much has been expected from still Lagos. Though economic growth rate brought growth for the year 2019 to 2.3 per cent from 1.9 percent in. 2018, the slow growth in agriculture and other areas where government has invested heavily is a major concern. The Read More

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Aregbesola, Oyetola’s aides bicker over Osun school uniform

February 26, 2020 Editorial IV 0

    A former Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs under immediate past Governor Rauf Aregbesola in Osun state, Kolapo Alimi, and the present Chief Press Secretary to Governor Gboyega Oyetola, Ismail Omipidan, Tuesday argued over the state of education in the state.  The duo of the aides spoke on a radio programme, “Frank Talk’ in Osogbo, Osun state.  Read More

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Weightlifting C’ship: Team Nigeria emerges 4th best

February 14, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Nigeria Women Weightlifting team has emerged 4th out of over 40 countries that participated at the 6th International Solidarity Weightlifting Championship in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Nigerian female lifters won a total number of 6 gold medals at at the meet which served as part of qualifers for this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Adijat Adenike Olarinoye won three gold in Read More

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Tokyo Olympics Games: Delta Programme on track – Ogba

February 3, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Delta State determination to ensure that her athletes made podium appearances at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is on track according to Solomon Ogba the Chairman of Delta State Athletics. Ogba’s confidence is buoyed by the performance of Raymond Ekevwo in the 60m Indoor over the weekend. Ekevwo won the race in 6.53 sec, the fastest time in the NCAA Read More

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Coronavirus: World Cup alpine skiing events in China cancelled

January 30, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The men’s alpine skiing World Cup races in China have been cancelled as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. The International Ski Federation confirmed the downhill and super-G races scheduled for 15 and 16 February in Yanqing would not go ahead. The new Olympic downhill course was set to host the first Beijing 2022 test. “Although the risk level in Read More

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Enugu LG poll: 90% of immediate past chairmen failed

January 23, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Enugu politician and philanthropist Prince Lawrence Ezeh has expressed satisfaction with the performance of immediate past Local government chairmen in Enugu. Speaking in an interview the former Senatorial candidate noted that about 90-95% of the chairmen didn’t perform. ” I am not talking about the caretaker ; I am talking of the substantive chairmen that enjoyed caretaker for almost two Read More

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PDP ‘ll reclaim north, presidency in 2023 – Sen. Nazif

January 23, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Deputy National Chairman, North of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Dr. Suleiman Muhammad Nazif is confident that the party will bounce back to Power in the region in 2023 following its improved performance in the 2019 general elections. He said even though the party was robbed of  its many victories in the last polls, it was able to Read More