Nigeria loses $5bn gold to smuggling in 6 years as Buhari makes crucial demands

December 29, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

To further ensure probity and best practice in the mining sector, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Presidential Artisanal Gold Mining Development Initiative (PAGMI) to provide a six-month progress report on the Solid Minerals Development Fund, designed to capture accruals from investments. At a briefing by the Steering Committee and Management Team of PAGMI at the State House Wednesday, the Read More

Ikoyi building collapse: Index of multi-layered failed system

November 9, 2021 Eze Jude Ogechukwu 0

Ikoyi district of Lagos has been associated with two unsavoury tales of national interest in the last four years, such that it can comparatively suit the title of Anezj Okoro’s 1972 novel: “One Week One Trouble.” In April 12, 2017, history recorded the infamous Ikoygate scandal. Today, we rue a building collapse, with estimated scores of deaths, and sundry damage Read More

Herders to register cattle with N20, 000 in Anambra

October 22, 2021 Okechukwu Onuegbu 0

Barely two weeks to Anambra state November 6 poll, Governor Willie Obiano has signed into law a bill to prohibit and abolish open and nomadic cattle and other livestock grazing and rearing in the state. Obiano, while signing the bill into law in Awka, on Friday, stated that the law was not targeted at any ethnic nationality, but aimed at Read More

Insecurity: PGF boss calls for radical reforms of security structure

August 27, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Salihu Moh Lukman, has called urgent radical reforms of the current security structure in Nigeria. Lukman believe the government can also do more especially in relation to getting the Nation’s security agencies to be more accountable. In a release Friday in Abuja titled Read More

CBN pegs loan limit for rural microfinance banks at N500,000

August 23, 2021 Segun Odunewu 0

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has instructed microfinance banks operating in the rural areas not to exceed its credit facility to customers beyond N500,000. This was stated in a circular to all microfinance banks, titled “Cessation of Non-permissible Activities by Microfinance Bank dated August 19, 2011 and signed by Ibrahim Tukur, for the financial polier and regulations department of Read More

Democratic development: PGF boss advocates improved relationship between govt, CSOs

August 16, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

For Nigeria’s democracy to develop and the welfare of Nigerians improved, a call has been made for an improved relationship between the Nigerian government and the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs). In a statement released to newsmen Monday in Abuja, Director General of the Progressives Governors Forum (PGF) and a chieftain of the governing party, Salihu Moh. Lukman, said part of Read More

Insecurity: We are taking fight to bandits – COAS

August 11, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

  Nigerian Army is taking the battle against insecurity, kidnapping and banditry to the bandits in their enclaves and hideouts to disrupt their activities and reclaim those spaces, Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Farouk Yahaya has said.Speaking when he led the principal officers on a courtesy call on the Deputy Governor of Kaduna state, Dr Hadiza Balarabe, at Sir Read More

Prioritise safety, security of the Nigeria’s cyberspace, Pantami tells professionals

August 10, 2021 Solomon Arowolo 0

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isah Ali Pantami, on Tuesday tasked Information Technology professionals to prioritise the safety and security of the country’s cyberspace. Dr. Pantami who made the call during his address in Uyo, titled- The Imperatives of Cybersecurity for a Digital Economy said priority and preference should be given to cybersecurity as the capacity and Read More

Tokyo Olympics: Ministry wades in, addresses team Nigeria’s concerns

July 30, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has stepped in to stem further crisis by addressing the issues that have arisen concerning Team Nigeria athletes. According to the Director Federation of Elites athletes Department, Dr Simon Ebhojiaye, “The Ministry is abreast of the situation on ground and addressing them. Payment of various allowances commenced since last week and its ongoing. Read More

Yobe gov. donates textbooks, lab equipment, others to schools

July 28, 2021 Editorial III 0

Yobe state governor Mai Mala Buni, has distributed textbooks, laboratory equipments and chemicals worth over N1billion.Director General press and Media affairs to the governor Mamman Mohammed stated this on Tuesday in a statement made available to journalist in Damaturu. He said classroom and office furniture worth over 1billion were procured and distributed to schools across the state,as over 10,000 teachers Read More

Airforce begins recruitment for 2021 direct short service cadets

July 14, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has announced applications for the recruitment of graduates for 2921 Direct Short Service Cadets (DSSC) programme. In a statement on its official Facebook page, NAF said online registration will begin on July 26 and end on August 30 2021.It says interested applicants are to apply online at https://airforce.mil.ng/ Applicants must be between the ages of Read More

Access Bank targets youths in new digital loans initiative

June 15, 2021 Segun Odunewu 0

Access Bank Plc, has launched what it termed the ‘Diamond Business Advantage (DBA) lite’ in a bid to increase its digital loans and enhance access to finance for young entrepreneurs. The bank said the product which is targeted at the youths was designed to add value to micro, small and medium scale enterprises (MSMEs). Speaking during the launch of the Read More

UK to support Nigerian government restore peace to North-east

June 12, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has expressed its readiness to work with other donor partners and the Government of Nigeria in helping to put appropriate policies in place and advance peace and security in the North-East. This is even as the agency advised that  effective peace solutions  in Nigeria should involve all stakeholders particularly those affected Read More

Fidson healthcare quotes first series CP programme on FMDQ Exchange

June 1, 2021 Amaka Ifeakandu 0

Fidson Healthcare Plc has received approval from FMDQ Securities Limited for its quotation of N4.50 billion Series 1 Commercial Paper (CP) under its N10.00 billion Commercial Paper Issuance Programme on its platform. Fidson Healthcare is a leading pharmaceutical manufacturing company that engaged in manufacturing and sale of pharmaceutical and healthcare products in Nigeria. With over 35 registered pharmaceutical products, across Read More

‘Saboteur airlines deserve stiffer penalty’

May 26, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Chairman, West Link Airlines, Capt. Ibrahim Mshelia, has advocated that stiffer sanctions be slammed on airlines that violate the operational requirements and regulations of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) . This is to deter others who would engage in illegal flight operations as against their Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC). SULEIMAN IDRIS reports. Charter services Capt Mshelia’s position follows Read More