FirstBank hosts Fintech Summit 5.0, highlights impact on financial inclusion

 First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Nigeria’s leading financial inclusion services provider, has announced that the 2021 edition of its annual FINTECH Summit is scheduled to hold on Thursday, 7 October 2021 by 10:00 am. EFirstBank has been named “Most Valuable Bank Brand in Nigeria” six times in a row (2011 – 2016) by the globally renowned “The Banker Magazine” of Read More

El-rufai to Southern govs: Anti open-grazing law unimplementable

September 21, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Kaduna state governor Nasir El-Rufai, has responded to the new law banning Open-grazing in the Southern states of Nigeria, saying such law is not implementable presently. Some southern states like Ondo, Oyo, Lagos, Enugu and Osun, among others have passed anti open gracing law. But speaking with newsmen Tuesday after a meeting with officials of the All progressives Congress (APC) Read More

Arewa Youth Assembly petitions DSS, Police over impeached speaker

September 17, 2021 Editorial II 0

Arewa Youth Assembly has petitioned police and the Department of State Services (DSS) over the sacked of its former Speaker, Mohammed Salihu Dalandi. In his petition, the new Speaker of Arewa, Tahir Muhammad Azare alleged that the impeached former Speaker, Danlami was still going about mobilizing to cause mayhem at the headquarters of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Recalled Read More

PGF boss attacks Wike, says Buhari responsible for increased VAT collection

September 17, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Salihu Moh Lukman, has condemned the Rivers state governor Nyesom Wike, for “shamelessly talk about Value Added Tax (VAT) which President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration responsible for its increasing collection. The APC chieftain reminded governor Wike that the current increased record of VAT Read More

NUJ FCT to engage Rochas Okorocha @59

September 17, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The Nigerian Union of Journalist (NUJ), FCT Council, Monday, engage the former Governor of Imo State and Senator representing Imo West, Senator Rochas Okorocha, on national issues as part of activities to mark his 59th birthday. The council in a press statement, Friday in Abuja, said the discourse, facilitated by the FCT NUJ Chairman, Emmanuel Ogbeche, was titled: Conversation with Owelle 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

Kabba Jailbreak: Group urges Buhari to sack prison’s Comptroller General immediately

September 15, 2021 Editorial II 0

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the Comptroller- General of the Nigerian correctional centre, Alhaji Haliru Nababa over the attack on a prison in Kogi state on Monday. Unknown gunmen attacked the federal correctional centre in Kabba, Kabba/Bunu Local Government Area of Kogi State on Monday morning, leading to the death Read More

NYSC distances self from arrested corps member

September 8, 2021 John Oba 0

The management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has distanced itself from the corps member arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Mr. Arnold Meniru, for alleged importation of four (4) kilograms of drugged candies from the United Kingdom. The scheme in a statement by the director, Press and Public Relations, Mrs. Adenike Adeyemi, Monday reiterated its Read More

In Kano, five-year-old boy drowns inside well

September 4, 2021 Solomon Arowolo 0

A five-year-old boy identified as Yusha’u Usman has drowned in a well at Zangon Dinya in Bagwai local government area of Kano state. The Public Relations Officer of Kano State Fire Service, Saminu Abdullahi, confirmed this in a statement issued to newsmen on Friday September 3, in Kano. Abdullahi explained that the incident happened on Thursday night. “We received a Read More

2023: Atiku most prepared, experienced to rescue Nigeria from APC – Group

September 3, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A group under the aegis of Amalgamated Atiku Support Group (AASG) has said that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is the most adequately prepared and experienced politician in Nigeria to confront and rescue power from  the ruling All Progressives Congress  (APC) in 2023. The National Coordinator of the group, Mr. Oladimeji Fabiyi in a statement issued Friday, however condemned a Read More

Insecurity: FG, NSCDC plan strategic meeting on protection of National Assets

September 3, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The federal government and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) are making efforts to further safeguard Nigeria’s critical assets and infrastructure across the country against backdrop of insecurity confronting the Nation. Some of the critical infrastructure including; Chemical Sector, Commercial Facilities Sector, Communications Sector, Critical, Manufacturing Sector, Dams Sector, Defence Industrial Base Sector, Emergency Services Sector, Energy Sector, Read More

MTN clarifies on indebtedness as UBA explains delay in H2 results

September 1, 2021 Blessing Anaro 0

MTN Nigeria Communications Plc (MTN Nigeria or the Company) has clarify erroneous reports in the media alleging that the company is indebted to the Federal Government of Nigeria in respect of outstanding taxes. It may be recalled that in a letter dated 8 January 2020, the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation (OAGF) officially transferred the matter of Read More

Anniversary: Osun lists Akande, Adeboye, 9 others for lifetime achievement award

September 1, 2021 Lateef Ibrahim 0

As part of activities lined up to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the creation of Osun State, the government, Wednesday, listed former governor Adebisi Akande, Pastor Enoch Adeboye (General Overseer, RCCG worldwide), Sheikh Abdur’rasheed Hadiyatulla (President, Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria), and former Chief of Defense Staff, General Ipoola Alani Akinrinnade, rtd, for lifetime achievement award. Others in the 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

‘No Channels TV reporters arrested by DSS’

August 27, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The Department of State Services (DSS) has said no Channels TV reporter was arrested by the service. Reports in a session of media, Thursday, alleged that Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily Lead Anchor, Chamberlain Usoh, and his colleague, Kayode Okikiolu, had been arrested by DSS operatives.The arrest allegedly followed anti-Buhari interviews hosted on the channel on Tuesday by Usoh alongside Okikiolu, Read More

Vehicle attacked in Osun not our truck – Correctional Service

August 26, 2021 Lateef Ibrahim 0

The Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), Osun State Command, Thursday said the vehicle allegedly attacked by hoodlums was not correctional vehicle as reported Iy some national dailies. A statement by the Command Public Relations Officer (CPRO), DSC Olusola Adeotan, stated that all custodial facilities in Osun State are safe and calm. “In addition, all operational vehicles deployed for court duties on the said date, went Read More

BBNaija season 6: Housemates to pay for party, gym, others

August 25, 2021 Solomon Arowolo 0

Big Brother have revealed that the Big Brother Naija Shine Ya Eye housemates will start paying for party experience, gym, opening the deep freezer, and use of washing machine. This latest development was contained in a brief read to the house by the Head of House, Liquorose, on Wednesday. According to the brief, the payments will be made in their Read More

Corruption, insecurity differentiate APC from PDP, PGF boss replies Jega

August 23, 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 faulted the former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Attairu Jega, for saying the ruling party and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are the same. Jega had in a recent interviews claimed that both the PDP Read More

CBN cautions MfB against forex transactions, wholesale banking

August 22, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Central Bank of Nigeria has advised microfinance institutions against engaging in certain prohibited activities, including wholesale banking and foreign exchange transactions. This was disclosed in a circular titled “Cessation of non-permissible activities by microfinance banks,” signed by Ibrahim Tukur on behalf of CBN’s Financial Policy and Regulation Department. CBN said, “The Central Bank of Nigeria has observed the activities Read More

Crisis looms in UNIOSUNTH over ‘selective promotion’

August 22, 2021 Lateef Ibrahim 0

Crisis is presently looming in Osun State University Teaching Hospital (UNIOSUNTH), over purported plan by the state government to select some staffs of the hospital for promotion. The purported promotion, if effected, would  contravened the provision of civil service rules, Blueprint has gathered. Findings revealed that the affected workers who are junior staffs, have been wrongly upgraded in 2013 by Read More

Buhari mourns former deputy Senate President, Ibrahim Mantu

August 17, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the family of former Deputy Senate President, Ibrahim Mantu, saying the deceased dedicated most of his life to service of his people. The President joining the government and people of Plateau State in mourning the passing of the renowned politician.He also commiserated with the leaders and members of the National Aseembly, friends and political Read More

Wike promises N5m monthly for maintainance of FFS firefighting trucks

August 13, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, has pledged five million monthly to the Federal Fire Service (FFS) for the maintenance of firefighting trucks in the state. He made the promise during the commissioning of one modern firefighting truck, Basic Life Support Ambulance (BLS) and one water tanker in Port Harcourt. In a statement released Friday in Abuja and signed by the Read More

Nabasu assumes office as Perm. Sec. Communications and Digital Economy Ministry

August 12, 2021 Ayoni M. Agbabiaka 0

Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy new permanent secretary Mr Bitrus Bako Nabasu has assumed office. The new PS replaces Engr. Festus Yusufu Daudu who completed the mandatory 35 years in the civil service of the federation. Nabasu who assumed office on August 9th, 2021, appreciated his predecessor while promising to build on his legacy. He also appreciated staff Read More

Insecurity: NSCDC vows to sanitise private security guard companies

August 12, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Commandant General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC) Dr. Ahmed Abubakar Audi, has expressed the Corps commitment to eliminating quackery in the private security industry to sanitize the system for effective security service delivery towards complementing the efforts of government agencies in mitigating the security challenges bedevilling our Nation.  Audi made call while presenting operational licence to 24 Read More