New academic session, more Covid-19, security concerns

October 1, 2021 Blueprint 0

The new academic session has heralded anxiety amongst parents over the safety of their wards. Although the government and respective school authorities have assured of safety, the prevailing atmosphere is like peace in the graveyard. ELEOJO IDACHABA writes. In the past, what used to be the worry of most parents and guardians whenever a new academic session was about to Read More

Ecobank out with ‘Back-to-School’ packages for the new session

September 12, 2021 Blessing Anaro 0

Ecobank Nigeria has announced special loan packages for parents and guardians to enable them pay school fees for their children and wards ahead of resumption for the 2021/2022 school year. Also, the bank is making special infrastructure loans available to educational institutions. This, according to the bank, will equip them adequately for the new session. Announcing the various ‘back to 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

Flag carrier reopens W’Coast operations

July 22, 2021 Blueprint 0

Nigerian flag carrier, Air Peace, has set July 23 date for the resumption of flight operations into Banjul in Gambia and Dakar in Senegal. Spokesperson of the airline, Stanley Olisa, yesterday said the operation will provide more options for regional connectivity, beginning with three weekly flights. Olisa said the Dakar and Banjul routes will be operated with the ultramodern Embraer Read More

New twist in Kwara hijab controversy

March 19, 2021 Blueprint 0

Ilorin, the capital city of Kwara state, has been in the news over the controversy that surrounded the wearing of Hijab in some Christian schools. TOPE SUNDAY takes a look at the issues in this piece. Ilorin, the capital city of Kwara state, is a cosmopolitan city going by its record of significant immigration of people from other parts of Read More

PTAD announces resumption of mop-up/in house verification

February 17, 2021 Edet Udoh 0

Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) has announced the resumption of it’s mop-up/in house verification exercise earlier postponed as a result of some obvious operational reasons occasioned by COVID-19. This was contained in a statement released Wednesday by the Directorate and made available to this medium. According to the statement, PTAD wishes to inform our esteemed Pensioners/NoKs that the mop up Read More

Kano, Enugu, P/Harcourt airports to reopen for int’l flights December – Sirika

November 17, 2020 Suleiman Idris 0

Amidst calls from different quarters to reopen the Aminu Kano, the Port Harcourt and the Enugu international airports to international flights operations, the Federal government has declared that the airports will start receiving foreign carriers before the end of year 2020. The assurance was contained in a tweet by the aviation minister, Senator Hadi Sirika on his verified Twitter account Read More

NPFL imminent return excites Akwa United’s Captain

November 10, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Akwa United Captain, Otobong Effiong has expressed his excitement after hearing the news of the league return date as fixed by the LMC.The league is slated to commence on the 6th of December and speaking with brila.net regarding that effect, the captain of Akwa United said he is happy with the development. “It’s a good news to know the actual date the Read More

Covid-19: Private school owners beg el-Rufai to reopen schools

October 12, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Private school owners in Kaduna state under the aegis of National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools have appealed to Governor Nasir el-Rufai to reopen schools. The private school owners said they are fully ready for resumption.Kaduna state schools have been shutdown since the aftermath of Covid-19 in March, just like other sectors in the state, but while offices, government and Read More

FCT schools resume Sunday

October 8, 2020 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, Thursday, directed the reopening of all schools in the Federal Capital Territory on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, for 2020/2021 Academic Session. Bello, who made the disclosure at a news conference in Abuja, explained that boarding schools are to resume on Sunday, while Day schools would resume on Monday, Read More

New defence ministry’s perm sec assumes office

October 1, 2020 Tope Sunday 0

The newly appointed Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry Defence, Alhaji Babangida Hussaini, has assumed duties with a pledge to ensure a robust working relationship among the entire staff. The statement issued by the Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Minister for Defence, Mallam Mohammed AbdulKadri, said Hussaini replaced Alhaji Sabi’u Zakari, who retired from the service recently. Read More

In Edo, Obaseki shifts resumption of primary, secondary schools

September 27, 2020 Patrick Ahanor 0

The Edo state government has rescheduled the resumption of primary and secondary schools across the state for the 2020/2021 academic session to Tuesday, October 6, 2020. A statement on Sunday, Special Adviser to the Edo state Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, said Primary and Secondary Schools in Edo state will resume for the 2020/21 academic session Read More

Kwara United players, officials undergo Covid-19 test

September 18, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Kwara United Players and officials undergo Covid-19 tests in IlorinThe decision to conduct the test is in line with the protocols and guidelines stipulated by League Management Company ahead of the new 2020/2021 Football season. The test according to reports is aimed at confirming the health status of the players and officials as they prepare for resumption.Covid-19 pandemic has brought Read More

Why I visited acting CNA – Akpabio

September 15, 2020 Joshua Egbodo 0

Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, said his visit to acting Clerk to the National Assembly (CNA), Mr. Olatunde Ojo on Tuesday was an extension of President Muhammadu Buhari’s efforts at ensuring harmony between all arms of the federal government. “The National Assembly is supposed to resume today (Tuesday), but it has been postponed and I had intended Read More

NPFL: Nasarawa United postpones resumption date

September 14, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Following the recent announcement by the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 that it has not granted waivers for contact sporting activities to resume, the management of Nasarawa United Football Club, Lafia, is announcing the postponement of the resumption date for its players and officials earlier slated for this week Wednesday, 16th September 2020, till further notice. According to the Club Chairman, Read More

A productive way to keep varsity students busy

August 17, 2020 Adewale Kupoluyi 0

Since the coronavirus pandemic began to take its toll on national life, the adverse effect of the pandemic has seriously disrupted academic calendars of many institutions while students have been idling away and becoming unproductive. Aside from a very few institutions that took advantage of technology to engage their students and prevent time loss, a lot of undergraduate and postgraduate Read More

COVID-19: Kaduna spends N200m as 88,000 students prepare for WAEC

August 13, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

The Kaduna state government said it has spent over N200 million to prepare for the 2020 West African Examination Council (WAEC), as 88,775 SSS3 students prepare to write their final year exam, during the Covid-19 pandemic, starting from next Monday. The state government expressed readiness to ensure a hitch free examination, noting that all Covid-19 protocols have been followed both by the Read More

Kwara distributes face masks ahead school resumption

August 4, 2020 Umar Bayo Abdulwahab 0

Kwara state government Monday gave out 65,000 face masks for distribution across schools ahead of Wednesday’s resumption of students preparing for the secondary school certificate examinations. The face masks are to be distributed to senior secondary class three (exit) students as part of the government’s efforts to flatten the curve of COVID-19 transmission in Kwara state. “On behalf of the Read More

New Owerri Concorde model school set to reopen – Principal

July 30, 2020 Chidiebere Iwuoha 0

The Principal, Concorde Model Secondary School, New Owerri, Imo state, Mrs Ogechi Owums, said the school is set for resumption after months of staying at home as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. She said safety protocols advised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) were already in place in the privately owned school to keep Read More

FG reveals what will trigger international flights to resume

July 27, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The Minister of Aviation, Mr Hadi Sirika, said Monday that the federal government would open international flights only when it is safe to do so. The minister said this at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on Control of COVID-19 in Abuja.He said the federal government has lifted the suspension of ExecuJet airline for giving false information and flying Read More

Domestic flights’ operation: FG approves 14 airports

July 26, 2020 Adeola Tukuru 0

The federal government has approved 14 airports to operate domestic flights across the country amid COVID -19 pandemic. Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, made this announcement, Sunday, via his Twitter handle @hadisirika. He said the resumption includes private and charter operations, adding that the public would be informed of other airports in due course. He said the airports include Read More

International flight resumption date is not October – FG

July 21, 2020 Adeola Tukuru 0

The federal government has confirmed that International Flight resumption date is not October, 2020.The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, who revealed it on his twitter account on Tuesday said the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) just issued a routine 90 day Notices to Airmen (NOTAM).  He said in liaison with the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Presidential Task Force (PTF) Read More

Schools’ resumption: Mixed reactions as FG reverses self, dashes hope of WASC candidates

The Nigerian  government Wednesday reversed its decision to reopen schools across the country for graduating students to write final examinations. Minister of Education Adamu Adamu  announced this while addressing State House correspondents at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja. He said no school in the country would participate Read More