Buhari inaugurates N120bn Dala Inland Port, 10mw solar plant, others

January 31, 2023 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has described the ongoing infrastructure development across the country as ‘fantastic’, urging citizens to appreciate what they have as the situation in the country is not dire when compared with other countries. The President spoke Monday at a State Banquet in Kano, Kano state, to conclude his one-day official visit  after commissioning several projects executed by both the federal Read More

The quest for accountable governance

January 10, 2023 Editorial IV 0

  The suit filled at the Federal High Court in Abuja by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) against the oil-producing states in Nigeria over “their failure to account for the spending of the oil derivation refunds of N625 billion recently paid to them by the federal government, including details and locations of projects executed with the money,” is the right Read More

FG requires N819bn to fix infrastructure ravaged by flood, launches application to monitor, evaluate projects

To fix the infrastructure ravaged by flood across the country during the outgoing year, President Muhammadu Buhari has forwarded to the two chambers of the National Assembly a request of N819.5billion supplementary budget. The supplementary budget as explained by the President in the letter separately addressed to both chambers is meant for the capital expenditure component of the 2022 budget Read More

Alleged N3.1bn fraud:  Court to hear Okorocha’s preliminary objection November 25  

November 24, 2022 Kehinde Osasona 0

Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, Tuesday fixed November 25, to hear the preliminary objection filed by a former governor of Imo state, Senator Rochas Okorocha, in his trial over alleged N3.1 billion fraud. Okorocha is facing the fraud charges alongside Anyim Nyerere, Naphtali International Ltd, Perfect Finish Multi Projects Ltd, Consolid Projects Consulting Ltd, Pramif International Read More

Unutilised constituency projects littering the Okeho landscape

June 8, 2022 Blueprint 0

The constitutional responsibility and duty of a lawmaker is to make laws and sponsor bills that would have meaningful impact on their constituents. They are also saddled with the responsibility of contributing meaningfully well to the growth and development of their various constituencies and this is the main reason why each lawmaker is entitled to constituency allowances, either at the Read More

Zulum flags off N10.8bn township road, drainage project

January 28, 2022 Sadiq Abubakar 0

Governor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno state, Thursday, flagged off the construction and expansion of over 20 kilometre dual carriage way worth about N10.8 billion. The contacts which were awarded to Eighteenth Engineering Company (EEC) and Obtuse Tech Engineering Company Limited at the cost of N8.076 billion, and N2.8 billion respectively, have a delivery period of 12 months. While flagging Read More

How capital projects suffer from over-bloated civil service

December 31, 2021 Blueprint 0

With recurrent expenditures gulping the larger shares of yearly budgetary allocations, many fear that capital projects execution may for a long while continue to suffer; BENJAMIN UMUTEME takes a look at the development. For several decades, Nigeria has continued to suffer from dearth of infrastructure occasioned partly by falling revenue and majorly from a lack of maintenance culture. And with governments Read More

Constituency projects: We’re owing contractors N5.78bn – ECN

November 12, 2021 Joshua Egbodo 0

The Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN), has informed the House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology that it was under a debt burden of about N5.78 billion owed contractors in executing zonal intervention projects of National Assembly members, between 2009 and 2012. Director General of the agency, Professor Jidere Bala, stated this Thursday, while reeling out some of the Read More

Kwara flags off border road, re-awards another

November 3, 2021 Umar Adebayo Abdulwahab 0

The Kwara state government will on November 11 flag off the construction of the Osi-Obbo road, a strategic border motorway connecting Kwara to Ekiti state, ending years of public agony along that corridor, according to a cabinet briefing, Tuesday evening. Addressing reporters at a press briefing in Ilorin, Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Hajia Sa’adatu Modibbo-Kawu, said the Read More

Zungeru, Kashimbila hydro power projects for commissioning Dec – FG

November 3, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The Minister of Power, Abubakar Aliyu, declared Tuesday that the Zungeru and Kashimbila Hydro Power projects would be ready by December this year. Aliyu stated this when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Power, to defend his ministry’s 2022 budget estimates. He however explained that lack of adequate rainfall this year to power the turbines could prevent it from Read More

Insecurity: Sack FCT minister within 72hrs, Abuja group begs Buhari

November 2, 2021 Editorial II 0

An indigenous Civil Society Organisation under the auspices of Abuja Grassroots Advocacy Projects (AGAP) has called for the immediate sack of the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Malam Muhammad Musa Bello over none implementation budgetary allocations. The CSO who made this call in a statement Tuesday in Abuja on the state of the capital city which the group Read More

Taraba villages get 350 NEDC housing units, Jalingo 150

October 27, 2021 Andrew Ojih 0

The North East Development Commision (NEDC) Wednesday flagged off the construction of 350 housing units across Taraba villages and 150 in Jalingo, the state capital. The managing director and the chief executive officer of the commission, Alhaji Mohammed G.Alkali, who flagged off the construction laying ceremony in Jalingo alongside governor Darius Ishaku and the chairman of the governing board of Read More

Oyetola presents N129.7bn budget for 2022 fiscal year

October 5, 2021 Lateef Ibrahim 0

The Osun state governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, Tuesday presented a total sum of N129,8bn budget to the Atate House of Assembly for the 2022 fiscal year. Presenting the budget tagged “Budget of Sustainable Development,” Oyetola said advancement of economy will be given priority. The budget presentation, which was the 30th since the creation of the state, was higher than the year 2021 budget of 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

The significance of Kagini road, park projects in Abuja

September 23, 2021 Blueprint 0

The flag off of the access road and park construction projects is quite significant to the socio-economic life of Abuja residents and indeed the Nigerians at large. The federal government of Nigeria led by our amiable President Muhammadu Buhari has once again demonstrated its determination to improve on the infrastructural development needs of ordinary Nigerians by the construction of this 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

APC chieftain chides Wike for attacking Umahi over Buhari’s 2023 comment

September 21, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ebonyi state Chief James Aroh Nweke, has blasted Governor Nyesome Wike of River state and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Caretaker Committee Chairman, Elder Fred Udeogu over their reactions on Umahi’s statement on the type of President Nigeria needs in 2023. The Rivers state governor had verbally attacked  Umahi, asking Read More

Point out your fear concerning water bill, Minister tells critics

September 16, 2021 John Oba 0

As members of the National Assembly resumes from recess, the Minister of Water Resources, Engr Suleiman Adamu, has expressed optimitism that the National Water Resource Bill will be passed, this is even as he urged critics of the bill to point out their concern for consideration. Adamu expressed this optimism of passing the National Water Resources Bill while answering questions Read More

We’re borrowing for the good of Nigerians, APC tells PDP

September 15, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has replied criticism by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over its borrowing spree, saying the act “is for the good of the country.” In a statement signed Wednesday in Abuja by the National Secretary Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Sen. John James Akpanudoedehe, the ruling party said unlike in the brazen looting days Read More

FG nets $13bn from e-commerce per annum, projects $75bn revenues in 2025

September 15, 2021 Adeola Tukuru 0

The Federal Government has estimated the current e-commerce spending across the country to $13billion per annum and is projected to rise to about $75billion in revenues per annum by 2025. The Federal Government through the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Industry , Trade and Investment, Dr Evelyn Ngige further said that in recent time, e-commerce has grown from 14percent in 2019 Read More

CSJ wants subsidy on electricity, fuel stopped for infrastructure devt

September 15, 2021 David Agba 0

The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) has enjoined the federal government to discontinue fuel and electricity subsidies to create the fiscal space for funding of infrastructure and other national priority projects. The Lead Director of the organisation, Barrister Eze Onyekpere, made the call on Monday in Abuja at a briefing on the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) 2022-2024. He also Read More