Nigeria will continue to borrow, unless…

October 7, 2021 Mon-Charles Egbo 0

Every economic index is a pointer that Nigeria is on the brink, ignobly sliding into the class of nations where self-sufficiency has become a mirage. Yet and despite the hues and cries over the steady rise in her public debt profile, there is no sign that the borrowing tendencies of the federal government will abate anytime soon.  Even the grim Read More

Nigeria @ 61: The good, bad, ugly

…Nigerians have good reasons to celebrate – Buhari …We’ve learnt our lessons from civil war – Prof. Nwachukwu ‘…We deserve to congratulate ourselves for our achievements’ …Insecurity, secessionist threats worrisome’ …There’ll be light at end of the tunnel – Osinbajo …Citizens can build a mighty nation if…- Adeboye Nigeria on Friday October 1 marked her 61st independence anniversary. BENJAMIN SAMSON and Read More

Godfatherism working well in Lagos, says Obasa

September 30, 2021 Temitope Musowo 0

Speaker of the Lagos state House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, Thursday said the issue of godfatherism is on a positive note in the state. saying it has been responsible for consistency in development across the State. He made the submission while reacting to a lecture delivered at the assembly premises during the 13th edition of annual hijrah (1443 A.H.) lecture. Read More

Blueprint’s Najib Sani wins NUJ best reporter award in Bauchi

September 30, 2021 Najib Sani 0

Bauchi state correspondent of Blueprint Newspaper Najib Sani, has won the state council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) award as ‘Best Upcoming Print Media Reporter’ award. The award was presented to him by the state commissioner of information Hon. Dayyabu Ciroma during the closing ceremony of this year’s NUJ press week held at Command guest house Bauchi. The Read More

NASFAT missioner receives doctorate degree in commerce

September 27, 2021 Ayoni M. Agbabiaka 0

Chief Missioner Nasrul -L-lahi Fathi Society (NASFAT) (Abuja branch) Mallam Sharafdeen Aliagan has received a doctorate degree award in Commerce and Enterprises Development from the Institute for Commerce Research and Enterprises Development (ICRED). The cleric, while speaking to journalists weekend after receiving the award in Abuja, said he could now speak with authority and principles of commerce and enterprises for Read More

Desperate plot to defame Kpokpogri: An exercise in futility, by Tony Arugba

September 21, 2021 Tony Arugba 0

Comrade Joseph Kpokpogri is reputable for his campaign against anti-corruption. He is the publisher of Integrity Watchdog Magazine of which his reports are balanced and unbiased. His reports are not malice driven, but facts.  For the writer of the venomous publication titled “ PRINCE KPOKPOGIRI: THE NOTORIOUS BLACKMAILER & EXTORTIONIST WHO IS A CONSULTANT WITH THE ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIMES Read More

FG assures support to smaller companies to grow economy

September 16, 2021 Ene Oshaba 0

Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo has reiterated the federal government’s commitment to providing practical support to smaller companies especially those owned by youths, stressing that young entrepreneurs and small business owners are the future of Nigeria. Prof. Osinbajo gave the assurance Tuesday in Abuja during the inaugural partnership economy summit held on the theme: “Translating Global Goals into Local Businesses Read More

Ailing economy, CBN’s interventions

September 10, 2021 Blueprint 0

With the federal government’s finances not enough to meet its ever increasing obligations, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has been saddled with the responsibility of intervening in various sectors of the economy; BENJAMIN UMUTEME reports. Established in 1958 through an Act of Parliament, which was amended in 1991, 1993,1997,1998,1999 and 2007, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), charges the Bank Read More

We’ve constructed, commissioned over 350 injection substations since inception – NDPHC

September 3, 2021 Tope Sunday 0

The Executive Director, Networks, Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), Engr. IfeOluwa Oyedele, Friday, disclosed that the company has constructed and commissioned over 350 injection substations with a combined capacity of about 3540MW across  the country.  In addition, Oyedele stated that the company since its inception in 2004 till date has also constructed a total of 18 substations. He spoke in Read More

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Akume to FG, Nigerians: Real change begins with empowering the poor

August 31, 2021 Agi Onda 0

Cleric and caregiver, Chandra Akende Akume, has challenged the federal government and wealthy Nigerians to urgently arrest the current socio-economic and political tension in the country through genuine empowerment programmes targeted at the poor. The philanthropist gave this advice in an interview with Blueprint in Kabusa area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, over the weekend, shortly after the annual get-together programme Read More

No one will come here to build our country for us – Ojo

August 24, 2021 Emeka Nze 0

A former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Chief Bayo Ojo, has called on citizens to work together to build the Nigerian society by fixing the structural defects in the country through essential reforms in the social, political, economic and value systems. Ojo, who was speaking as a guest lecturer at the 30th Anniversary and Founders’ Day Read More

PIA: Beyond fanfare and reservations

August 19, 2021 Mon-Charles Egbo 0

At last, the tortuous journey to strengthen Nigeria’s oil and gas sector came to an end with President Muhammadu Buhari’s assent to the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB thus transforming it to Petroleum Industry Act, PIA. But quite instructively, the spate of reactions that trail this development has diminished the ultimate intentions of the legislation. Nobody seems interested in knowing why, Read More

Breaking: NNPC, CMEC, GE sign contract for 50mw Maiduguri emergency power project

August 18, 2021 Benjamin Umuteme 0

A significant step towards redeeming the pledge by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to intervene in the perennial electric power supply challenge in Maiduguri, Borno state, was taken Tuesday with the execution of the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) and Equipment Procurement contracts for a 50Megawatts (MW) Emergency Power Project in Maiduguri. The project which is an integral part Read More

Jos crisis: Time to end artificial wall of hatred

August 17, 2021 Sani Danaudi Mohammed 0

The eve of a democratic Nigeria witnessed high incidence of ethnic-related rivalry and violence in the North Central zone, to which Plateau state belongs. These ethnic rivalries posed serious socio-economic threats to the state and the fortunes of the people are being jeopardised.  Ethnic rivalries are as old as the world itself.The Plateau ethnic rivalry has received both local and Read More

Migration: FG launches project for vulnerable returnees in northern states

August 12, 2021 Paul Okah 0

The federal government, through the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and other stakeholders, has launched a project to provide immediate socio-economic relief to vulnerable migrants returnees impacted by Covid-19 in Yobe, Kano, Katsina, Zamfara and Jigawa. Addressing participants at the launch of the project Thursday in Abuja, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Read More

Salaries: Why Yobe local government workers witnessed deductions in July – Official

August 7, 2021 Yusuf .A. Yusuf 0

Yobe state government has said the deductions witnessed in July salaries of the local government workers is temporary, and it happened as a result of economic and fiscal situation but will be standardised at any moment the situation improves. Yobe state Commissioner of Home affairs Information and Culture Alhaji Abdullahi Bego made this known while briefing journalists in Damaturu. He Read More

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