FUTA ASUU protests unpaid salary arrears

November 23, 2022 Barnabas Olabisi 0

Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Federal University of Technology, Akure chapter, Wednesday embarked on a protest to express dissatisfaction with the invocation of the ‘no work, no pay’ policy by the federal government  after resuming from their eight-month strike embarked upon by the union. The protest is coming after the National Working Council (NEC) of ASUU Read More

Reps tackle foreign affairs ministry over extra-budgetary spending

November 2, 2022 Joshua Egbodo 0

The Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives has queried the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, over reported extra-budgetary expenditure  of billions of naira. The Hon. Yusuf Buba Yakub-led panel during a budget defence session with the Ministry on Wednesday, accused the minister of becoming a law unto himself by refusing to adhere to the dictates of Read More

Yuguda, Kurfi, others to examine financial inclusion initiative at confab

June 15, 2022 Amaka Ifeakandu, Lagos 0

The Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, Lamido Yuguda, will lead key financial sector experts stakeholders in a robust round table discussion on governments key policy which centers around inclusive financial system that will cover all strata of the society. The experts drawn from key private sector organisations and regulatory agencies would gather at the inaugural conference Read More

INEC unveils revised gender policy, preaches inclusivity

May 18, 2022 Blueprint 0

In another demonstration of its unrelenting commitment towards electoral inclusivity, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has launched the revised INEC Gender Policy (IGP). The gender policy which was first developed in 2014, guided by the National Gender Policy (2006) and other regional and international instruments to which Nigeria is a signatory, has a provision for review every five years. Read More

Lagos to develop new urban policy

March 1, 2022 Blueprint 0

The Lagos state government has disclosed its plan to develop a comprehensive urban development policy to guide the state from 2022 to 2050. The state’s Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako, made this known while addressing town planners on the outlook for the year 2022 at the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners, Lagos. He stated that Read More

Analysts laud CBN’s 100 for 100 policy, express worry over headwinds

November 8, 2021 Blessing Anaro 0

Analysts have given thumb-up to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)’s “100 for 100” Policy on Production and Productivity (PPP), bit expressed pessimism over headwinds confronting businesses in the country that would possibly dent expected result. For context, the 100 for 100 PPP is a financing scheme designed to provide targeted funding (in Naira) under existing CBN’s intervention programmes to Read More

Buhari now global climate action leader, champion – APC group

November 3, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A voluntary think-tank group of the All Progressives Congress, known as APC Legacy Awareness and Campaign (APC-LAC) has said that President Muhammadu Buhari, is now recognised as a global climate action leader and champion due to his commitment to climate change. The group said ambitious and impactful climate action will no doubt be one of the many positive legacies of Read More

Enugu APC chairman mocks PDP over pledge to rescue Nigeria

October 31, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The newly elected Enugu State Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Comrade Adolphus Udeh has mocked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over its pledge to rescue Nigeria. According to Udeh, before rescuing Nigeria, PDP should first account for the uncountable underdevelopment obstacles the party embedded in the system,   prior to their exit from power in 2015. In a press Read More

Sanwo-Olu, Uduaghan, Kyari, others for The Witness Newspaper foundation launch

October 18, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Witness, a credible Nigerian newspaper in digital and print formats, is set to launch a non-governmental organization, ‘The Witness Newspaper Foundation’, in commemoration of its fourth year anniversary. The event is billed to hold on Sunday, October 24th, 2021, at the prestigious Lagos Continental Hotel (formerly Intercontinental Hotel), Victoria Island, Lagos. A statement on Monday by the managing director of the newspaper, Read More

APC congress: Drug test mandatory for contestants in Kano

October 11, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Ahead of the All Progressive Congress (APC) state congress scheduled for October 16, all contestants into executive offices are to be subjected to mandatory drug test. The state commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, revealed this in a statement made available to Blueprint, Monday in Abuja, that all contestants are to visit the state office of the National Drug Law Read More

Rising cost of commodities worry Reps

September 29, 2021 Joshua Egbodo 0

The persistent rise in prices of essential goods in Nigeria got attention of the House of Representatives Wednesday, as it resolved to constitute a special committee, to enable stakeholders on the development. The committee when constituted by the House’s leadership, is expected to among other things, launch an investigative hearing with all critical stakeholders in the country and carry out 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

With $9bn lost to illegal gold mining, FG accuses jet owners of aiding smuggling, advocates death penalty for perpetrators

September 15, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

  The federal government Tuesday said gold smuggling in Nigeria were aided by private jet owners and also called for capital punishment for the perpetrators. Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development Dr. Uche Ogah made this known at an investigative hearing on $9 billion annual loss to illegal gold mining and smuggling organised by the Senate Committee on Solid Minerals, Mines, Read More

APC states to allocate, release 15% annual budget for healthcare delivery

August 29, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The states controlled by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have all agreed to henceforth allocate and release 15 percent of their annual budget for the healthcare delivery in their states. The APC states also agreed to henceforth undertake establishment of sustainable health care financing system such as health insurance and health emergency trust fund in their states. In a Read More

We ‘re committed to sustaining FCT resettlement policy – Minister

August 25, 2021 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has expressed the determination of the FCT Administration to resettle the indigenous communities with a view to realizing the dreams of the founding fathers of Abuja. The minister who stated this at the one-day Town Hall meeting on resettlement and compensation matters in the Federal Capital Territory, also argued that indigenous communities Read More

Insecurity: Gambari praises Nigeria’s foreign policy initiatives

August 22, 2021 Adeola Tukuru 0

The Chief of Staff to President Muhammad Buhari, Professor Ibrahim Gambari has described foreign policy globally as dynamic and unpredictable, adding that it often centres on country’s objective, security of citizens, safety as well as promotion of regional peace. Gambari, who was represented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, stated this in Abuja on Saturday, while delivering a Read More

Jos crisis: Time to end artificial wall of hatred

August 17, 2021 Sani Danaudi Mohammed 0

The eve of a democratic Nigeria witnessed high incidence of ethnic-related rivalry and violence in the North Central zone, to which Plateau state belongs. These ethnic rivalries posed serious socio-economic threats to the state and the fortunes of the people are being jeopardised.  Ethnic rivalries are as old as the world itself.The Plateau ethnic rivalry has received both local and Read More

Ebonyi 2023: Indigenes reject zoning, campaign for competence, credibility

August 12, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Ahead of 2023 governorship election in Ebonyi state, indigenes of the state under the aiges of Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in Diaspora (AESID) have rejected zoning agreement, saying competence, capability and credibility should be the standard for anyone to succeed governor Dave Umahi. The group said: “Ebonyi people truly deserve nothing but the best, most credible and competent hand Read More

Benue needs good governance not press conferences, APC chieftain tackles Ortom

August 11, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in Benue state, Dr Garus Gololo, has urged the Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, to focus on bringing the dividends of democracy to the people, rather than indulging in “endless media interview.” He also criticized the governor for distracting public attention from his administration’s failures by fishing around for imaginary enemies.Reaction Read More

Dearth of refineries, others responsible for hike in flight tickets

August 9, 2021 Suleiman Idris 0

The inability of the federal government to resuscitate the country’s refineries to refine produce aviation fuel – Jet A1coupled with difficulties in accessing foreign exchange and multiple taxes is negatively impacting prices of flight tickets in Nigeria. The lack of local refinery necessitates the current importation of Jet A1, thus contributing to its skyrocketing price of the product in Nigeria, Read More

Over 900 road projects ongoing nationwide under Buhari – APC group

August 4, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Over 900 active road contracts, covering the construction, reconstruction and rehabilitation of more than 13,000km of federal roads and highways were currently ongoing nationwide under the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. A think-tank of the All Progressives Congress (APC) known as Legacy and Awareness Campaign (APC-LAC) has revealed further that stretch of roads coverage is out of a total Read More