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

Investigative journalists thumb up Buhari on Bawa’s EFCC appointment

February 22, 2021 Baba Yusuf 0

The Abuja chapter of the Nigerian Guild of Investigative Journalists (NGIJ) has commended the President Muhammadu Buhari on the appointment of Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa as the substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). In a press statement issued by the Chairman of the Abuja chapter of NGIJ, Malam Abdullahi Gulloma, Monday, also congratulated the Bawa on the Read More

Leprosy: Kano records 118 cases in 2020 – Commissioner

February 1, 2021 Bashir Mohammed 0

Kanon State Commissioner for Heath, Dr Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa, has said that the state has recorded 118 leprosy cases in the year 2020 with no reported death from   the infection in the same year. Speaking at a press briefing marking the commemoration of the year 2021 World Leprosy and Neglected Tropical Diseases held at the Conference Hall of the Ministry, Tsanyawa stated Read More

Girl-child education a necessity in North-east

February 1, 2021 Blueprint 0

Every child has the right to a safe, formal, quality education and access to lifelong learning. However, due to a combination of factors like insecurity and poverty, many girls are forced to leave school while others never had the opportunity to go to school, in the first place. The insecurity caused by Boko Haram, kidnapping, banditry and others in the Read More

FG receives certificate for 12 Federal roads’ concession

January 29, 2021 Tope Sunday, Abuja 0

The Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Agency (ICRC), Friday, presented the Outline Business Case Certificate of Compliance for 12 federal roads to the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola. Fashola received the document from the ICRC acting Director-General, Mr Micheal Ohiari, during the formal handover ceremony in Abuja. The minister said the concession option is another way of financing the Read More

10 questions for Muhsin Ibrahim

January 29, 2021 Blueprint 0

Muhsin Ibrahim is a lecturer and PhD candidate at the University of Cologne, Germany. He writes on Kannywood and other socio-political and religious issues with northern Nigeria in focus. AWAAL GATA poses 10 questions to the author of two booksHow did your amity with writing start? What triggered it?Writing is, often, a result of reading. I started reading novels by, Read More

Breakdown in social contract leading to increased crimes in Nigeria – Ihua

January 22, 2021 Binta Shama 0

Executive Director Africa Polling Institute (API) Professor Bell Ihua discusses with Blueprint reasons highly skilled Nigerians out-number the unemployed in the search for greener pasture abroad, as well the citizens’ perception of the COVID-19 pandemic among others. BINTA SHAMA reports. Let me congratulate you on your recent appointment as a professor sometime last year. What does this connote?   First, I want Read More

Coalition alleges external interference working to destabilise Nigeria

January 22, 2021 Editor 0

The Coalition for Truth and Justice (CTJ) has called on Nigerians to rise against negative influences and interferences in the Diaspora who mean no well for the country.  The coalition gave this charge at a press conference on Friday in Abuja.  CTJ Executive Director, Comrade Dominic Ohene, alleged that most Nigerians abroad no longer display patriotism but malicious influence. Comrade Ohene noted Read More

Discordant tunes at Trust dialogue: Restructuring alone can’t solve our problems – Jonathan, Jega

January 22, 2021 Tope Sunday 0

Eminent Nigerians, including former President Goodluck Jonathan, former Chairman Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega and the immediate past President-General, Ohanaeze Nd’Igbo, Chief John Nwodo, converged on Abuja Thursday to discuss the much-agitated restructuring.  The duo of Jonathan and Jega were meeting for the first time at a public function some six years after the Jega-led INEC declared Read More

Understanding diaspora activists and irrational demands

January 21, 2021 Elijah Attah 0

I would start this article on a high pitch because of the activities of some supposed Nigerian activists holed up somewhere outside the shores of Nigeria barely surviving and waiting for that opportunity to make a living through ignoble ways, including selling their conscience for a plate of porridge. They call themselves all sorts of names. They arrogate certain imaginary Read More

Scrap or restructure NIDCOM now, Oduduwa group beckons FG

January 19, 2021 Editor 0

The Coalition of Oduduwa Descendants (COD) has urged the Federal Government to totally scrap or restructure the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) over threats to national security by some Nigerians in the Diaspora.  According to the Oduduwa group, this has become paramount following hate campaigns by some disgruntled elements abroad, endorsing negative publicity about Nigeria. The COD made these known at a Read More

Don’t give in to despair, Omo-Agege urges Nigerians

January 2, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, has called on Nigerians to use the New Year to renew their commitment to collective prosperity, growth and development by contributing more to nation building. In his New Year message, Senator Omo-Agege stressed the need for citizens to continue to demonstrate love and exhibit compassion towards one another. The lawmaker acknowledged Read More

#EndSARS destructions: NIA re

December 31, 2020 Edet Udoh 0

A total of N9.7 billion from 1,036 claims have been lodged across the country by those who were affected by #EndSARS riots destructions, according to the Director-General, Nigerian Insurers Association (NIA) Mrs. Yetunde Ilori. She said the association was already collating the claims from the losses incurred during the protest, noting that as at last weekend, 14 insurance companies have Read More

That child Nigeria abandoned!

December 9, 2020 Blueprint 0

“That which you do not need will kill you”! – African Proverb (Tuareg). The child is the greatest potential Nigeria ever has. He’s the youth who constitutes the greater percentage of her population, about 70% aged 25-35yrs. He’s the country’s greatest and best ever productive labour force. He constitutes a reasonable percentage that makes up the 37% of African youth Read More

Coalition hails Buhari, military on fight against insecurity

November 28, 2020 Editor 0

Following an extensive appraisal of the security situation across the 19 northern states, the Coalition of Northern Patriots (CNP) has said President Muhammadu and the Nigerian military have successfully quelled the threats posed by criminal elements.  According to the coalition, the feat was particularly impressive considering the concerted effort by some interest groups to undermine troops’ progress.  The CNP made this disclosure in its Read More

CNN report organised falsehood against Nigeria – Professionals

November 22, 2020 Editor 0

The Association of Nigerian Professionals in Europe (ANPE) has knocked Cable News Network (CNN) over its report on the Lekki shooting, describing it as “an organised falsehood against Nigeria.” In a communique released at the end of an emergency general meeting, ANPE said it discovered that CNN’s report was not only misleading but riddled with no fewer than nine errors.  The Read More