2023 Presidency: It’s the turn of North-east – COPJA

July 14, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Coalition for Peace and Justice Advocates (COPJA) has called on the political class and all political parties to ensure the Presidency of the country is rotated round the six-geo-political zones of the country, rather than only North and South, as a way of ensuring inclusion and national unity. It, however, said North-east should be allowed to produce the next Read More

Solve African problems with home-grown solutions, AUDA/NEPAD review mission urged

July 9, 2021 Ene Oshaba 0

The Commandant, National Institute for Security Studies (NISS), Alhaji A.S. Adeleke, has stressed the need for the African Union (AU) to focus more on Africa-oriented solutions in its bid to resolve socio-economic challenges within the continent, given peculiarities of the countries.  A statement by the Media Assistant to NC/CEO, AUDA-NEPAD/APRM Nigeria Abolade Ogundimu, said Adeleke stated this during a Sectoral Read More

WYDEF urges synergy to promote value, economic devt

July 2, 2021 Donald Iorchir 0

The national president, Western Youth Development Forum (WYDEF), Prince Oyedele Sunday, has called for greater cooperation and synergy among Nigerians for the unity and progress of the country. He made the call Friday in Abuja during the conferment of Ambassador of Youth and Pillar of Support award and official decoration/investiture as life-patron in honour of Chief Oladele Alaka the Balogun Read More

Minister calls for synergy in pharmaceutical industry

June 30, 2021 Binta Shama 0

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu has called for a synergy and closer working relationship between the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) and the Organised Private Sector (OPS) so that new pharmaceutical firms can be established. The Minister made the call on Friday in Abuja at the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development Read More

Nigeria still biggest destination for venture capital investments in Africa

June 29, 2021 Blessing Anaro 0

Nigeria remains the biggest destination for venture capital (VC) investments in Africa offshore and onshore. Mr. Adebayo Adewolu a Partner with Trium disclosed during a discussion on opportunities for increasing investments from venture capital firms in Nigeria. Citing a Partech Partners report he said the number of equity rounds in Africa for 2020 increased by 63.6 per cent to 359, Read More

NDPHC’s Lafia substation ready for commissioning – Official

June 19, 2021 Tope Sunday 0

Construction work on the 330/132/33KV sub-station project in Lafia, Nasarawa State, being built by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) Ltd, has been completed with the project due for commissioning soon, the Executive Director Networks, NDPHC, Engr.  IfeOluwa Oyedele, has disclosed. A statement by the company’s Head, Communication and Public Relations, Olufunke Nwankwo, on Saturday, quoted Oyedele speaking during the  Read More

We supplied 370,000MT to Nigerian LPG market in 2020 – NLNG

June 8, 2021 Benjamin Umuteme 0

The Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Ltd supplied about 370,000 metric tonnes (MT) of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) to the domestic market in 2020, the Managing Director, NLNG, Tony Attach has said. Attach, who disclosed this during a panel session at the ongoing 2021 Nigeria International Petroleum Summit (NIPS) on Tuesday in Abuja, said the consumption of the domestic LPG Read More

Poor governance, others responsible for Nigeria’s socio-economic woes — Aganga

June 8, 2021 Segun Odunewu 0

Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance, Olusegun Aganga has attributed Nigeria’s socioeconomic woes and underdevelopment over the years to the dearth of strong institutions and weak governance at all tiers of government. Aganga who at a time was also the Minister of Industry Trade and Investment disclosed this while speaking as a guest on a programme called “The Conversation” organised by Read More

Ayade wins Blueprint Newspapers Governor of the Year award on Agro-Industrialisation

June 3, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has been awarded the Blueprint Newspaper Governor of the Year award for 2021. The event took place Thursday at the prestigious Congress Hall of Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja. Ayade clinched the award in recgonition of his giant strides in agro-industrialization. The Blueprint 10th anniversary/Impact Series and Award is one in a series of Read More

CSO condemns bill seeking to scrap NYSC

May 26, 2021 Editor 0

The bill to amend the 1999 constitution to discontinue the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme is an evil plot against Nigerian youths and not in the interest of the nation, a civil society group has said. Kicking against the move, the Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET) said the purveyors of conflict and agents of destabilisation are Read More

Youth Digital Engagement: ActionAid Nigeria doles out cash to empower youths

May 25, 2021 Adeola Tukuru, 0

It was excitement galore for youths across the country as ActionAid Nigeria doled out N100,000 each to Nine of them at the Youth Digital Engagement (YDE) video contest in Abuja. During the virtual Grand Finale and Mentoring Session of the ActionAid Youth Digital Engagement (YDE) Video Contest in Abuja, the Manager, Social Mobilisation, ActionAid Nigeria, Mr Adewale Adeduntan explained that Read More

NYSC at 48: Giant and commendable feats of an institution

May 24, 2021 Atim Atedze 0

The National Youth Service Corps ( NYSC) has come of age so much so that the institution’s gains cannot be quantified in the country’s socio-economic life. So much has been written and said about the scheme regarding its contribution to the country’s socio-economic development. And this is where it stands in commemoration of the 48th anniversary of the existence of Read More

Southern Governors: APC chieftain Okechukwu appeals for caution, canvasses dual restructuring

May 13, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Director General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu has called on Nigerians to look beyond the frenzy of restructuring as canvassed by the Southern Governors summit in Asaba Delta state, recently. Okechukwu, a chieftain of ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), warned that conceding more powers to the Governors would put the country’s democracy grave danger. In a statement Read More

Challenges of girl-child education in Nigeria

May 4, 2021 Blueprint 0

Girl-child education in Nigeria has many challenges. They include gender discrimination, cultural and religious limitations, poverty, illiteracy, among others. Education is a basic human right and has been recognised as such since the 1948 adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. A positive correlation exists between the enrolment of girls in primary school and the gross national product and Read More

NPHCDA, COVID -19 and the fall of anti-vaxxers

April 5, 2021 Pine Oralu 0

The coronavirus pandemic indeed brought the world to its knees, with various countries imposing lockdown in the bid to stop the further spread of the virus. Consequently, efforts were deployed towards developing a vaccine that would halt the further spread of the novel coronavirus. In Nigeria, it was not any different as the country was also in lockdown. The government Read More

Lekkilies: Group wants AI, others sanctioned as US vindicates Nigerian Army

April 1, 2021 Editor 0

Following a report by the United States Department of State on the alleged killing of protesters at the Lekki toll gate, the Centre for African Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights (CALSER) has called for sanctions on Amnesty International, Cable News Network (CNN) and others for misleading the world.  The group said the US has vindicated the Nigerian Army of any wrongdoing during the Read More

Breaking: DBN disburses N191.7bn as loans to SMEs in 2020

April 1, 2021 Benjamin Umuteme 0

A total of N191.7 billion was disbursed as loans by the Development Bank of Nigeria Plc to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). In its 2020 financial report released Thursday, the amount represents a 89% rise from N101.5 billion disbursed by the Bank in 2019.  This growth is in line with its core mandate of facilitating sustainable socio-economic development by improving Read More

COVID-19: Group clears air on Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, urges citizens to support NPCDA’s efforts

March 25, 2021 Editor 0

The National Vanguard for Covd-19 Vaccine Administration and Advocacy says there is no need for panic over the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, assuring Nigerians that it is safe and effective for the cure of the coronavirus.  The group, which gave this assurance at a press conference on Thursday in Abuja, noted that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risk or any Read More

Shippers Council to revamp export trade in Niger

March 19, 2021 Aideloje Ojo 0

The Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) has disclosed that measures towards revamping export trade in Niger state were already at an advanced stage. Its zonal director, North-central, Mrs. Ify Okolue, made the disclosure Friday while inaugurating the new leadership of the Niger state chapter of the Shippers’ association in Minna. According to her, contacts have already made with relevant the government Read More

Expectations as Shaba emerges NASRDA DG

March 19, 2021 Aminu Gandhi 0

On February 25, 2021, President Muhammadu Buhari nominated Dr Ahmad Halilu Shaba as the substantive Director- General of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA). The nomination letter was read at Plenary on March 2, 2021 by the Senate President, Senator (Dr) Ahmad Lawan for confirmation by the Senate. The nomination of Dr Ahmad Halilu Shaba by the President Read More

B2B: Seeking economic solutions through Triple Helix

March 16, 2021 Awal Gaata 0

On Saturday, February 20, 2021, the sixth edition of Business to Business (B2B) annual national economic dialogue was convened and hosted virtually by Dr Mustapha Ayo Popoola. Having been held five times before, it requires no introduction. But for the benefit of those who are just learning about it or don’t know what it entails and does, B2B is an Read More

IWA: ActionAid calls for adoption of care-centered economy

March 8, 2021 Adeola Tukuru 0

ActionAid Nigeria has called for the adoption of a care-centred approach which recognises care and well-being as critical to sustaining societies, economies and the environment. The country director, ActionAid Nigeria, Ene Obi, said the approach facilitates investment in gender-based violence prevention and response in all public and private spaces. A release issued in commemoration of the 2021 International Women’s Day, Read More

Minister launches women grants, delivers relief items to displaced persons in Kwara

March 5, 2021 Editorial II 0

The  federal government’s National Social Investment Programme(NSIP)  is one of the largest social protection programmes in Africa. Introduced in 2016 comprising CCT, N-Power, GEEP, National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme, YESSO and CSDP, it is part of the Buhari Administration’s   strategy for enhancing social inclusion and protection of the most vulnerable citizens.  Speaking in Ilorin at the flag off for the federal government’s special Read More

Housing deficit: REDAN to build 100 housing units in 774 LGAs,to create 2.5m jobs

February 23, 2021 Ayoni M. Agbabiaka 0

The Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria (REDAN) has revealed plans to build 100 housing units in all the 774 local areas across the nation under its Rural-Urban Housing Initiative (RUHI-774). REDAN president Alhaji Aliyu Oroji Wamakko stated this at Real Estate & Construction Expo 2021 with the theme ‘’Real Estate Development, Infrastructure and Mortgage’’ held at the Abuja Trade Read More