Stakeholders demonstrate commitment in addressing desertification, drought in Nigeria

June 28, 2022 Blueprint 0

Stakeholders recently gathered and demonstrated strong commitment in addressing the menace of desertification and drought in Nigeria. HELEN OJI reports. Desertification and drought are among the greatest threats to global sustainable development, especially in developing countries. Drought is increasing in frequency and severity and is predicted to affect over three-quarters of the world’s population by 2050. According to World Metrological Read More

Humanitarian Affairs: Curbing poverty and unemployment

May 29, 2022 Editorial IV 0

The National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) presently implemented by the government through the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development (FMHADMSD), has saved Nigerian youths from the shackles of poverty and unemployment. PAUL OKAH reports.  When the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development (FMHADMSD) was created by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019, the president gave Read More

Niger guber: Malagi picks EoI, nomination forms, campaign office opens April 30

 Chairman Blueprint Newspapers Limited and frontline gubernatorial aspirant on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC), Alhaji Mohammed Idris Malagi, has picked the party’s Expression of Interest and Nomination forms to contest the governorship election in Niger state during the 2023 general election.  Malagi paid the sum of N50 million for both the Expression of Interest and Nomination forms Read More

APC: All members have equal stakes – Oyo party chair

February 8, 2022 Bayo Agboola 0

Oyo state chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon Isaac Ajiboye Omodewu on Monday declared that the party belongs to no one but all the members with all members having equal stakes. Hon Omodewu stated this while speaking at the official inauguration of other state executives and the 33 local chairmen of the party in the state held at Read More

Stakeholders call for extension of MTN’s 575 million shares public offer

December 15, 2021 Blueprint 0

Following the expiration of the December 14 deadline for MTN Nigeria 575 million shares public offer, shareholder groups have called on the management of the company and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to extend the telco giant’s Public Offer. According to them, two weeks is just too short a time for an investment of that magnitude that was largely Read More

Stakeholders urge Lagos govt to save Rabaka, other coastal communities

November 26, 2021 Blueprint 0

A cross-section of experts in peace and conflict prevention, nature’s preservation and the academic has urged the Lagos state government to halt the excesses of sand dredging companies in Rakaba community in Ikorodu local government area. According to the experts, the call was in order to save the ecosystem and that of others along the state’s coastline. Members of Rabaka Read More

Quackery: Ag. Surveyor General calls for collaboration among stakeholders

November 16, 2021 Tope Sunday 0

Acting Surveyor General of the Federation (SGoF), Surv. Abdulganiyu Adeyemi Adebomehin has expressed the need for strong collaboration between and among the Office of the Surveyor General of the Federation (OSGoF), the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS) and the Association of Private Practising Surveyors of Nigeria (APPSN) in order to curb the infiltration of quackery in surveying and mapping. A Read More

Stakeholders urge FG to declare state of emergency on expired pesticides

November 15, 2021 John Oba 0

Stakeholders at the recent CSO strategic planning meeting on Pesticide Use and Regulation in Nigeria organized by Trade Network Initiative (TNI) with the support of the Heinrich Böll Stiftung (HBS) has called on the federal government to declare a state of emergency on the presence of banned and expired pesticides in Nigeria. This is even as they pointed out the Read More

BASNEC forms village savings and loans associations for women in Bauchi

November 7, 2021 Najib Sani 0

As part of efforts to mitigate poverty especially among rural women, the Bauchi State Network of Civil Society Organizations (BASNEC) has stated that it formed ‘Village Savings and Loans Associations in some villages in five local governments of the state namely; Bauchi, Misau, Dambam, Itas Gadau and Zaki. Administration officer of BASNEC who is the manager of the project Zainab Read More

Anambra: NYCN commends Corp members, security agencies for peaceful election

November 7, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has commended the National Youth Service Corp members that served as adhoc electoral officials and security agencies in the Anambra governorship election held on Saturday, November 6, 2021 for the role they have played in strengthening democracy in Nigeria.  Vice President of the organisation, Amb. Comrade Akoshile Mukhtar, who gave this commendation Sunday Read More

Insecurity: Indigenous CSOs to stage mass protest against FCT Minister

November 6, 2021 Editorial II 0

Indigenous Civil Society Organisation under the auspices of Abuja Grassroots Advocacy Projects (AGAP) has concluded plans to stage a mass protest in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Monday over what they described as gross failure of the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello. Comrade Yunusa Ahmadu Yusuf, Coordinator of the group, who made this known Saturday said that they Read More

Insecurity: DIA to conduct retreat for defence advisers, attachés

November 6, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

In a bid to tackle security challenges confronting the nation, the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) is set to conduct retreat for  defence advisers and attachés.  A statement by  Acting Assistant Director Defence Intelligence Agency Major Joseph Afolashade said the event is scheduled to hold from 8-13 November 2021 at Headquarters Defence Intelligence Agency and Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC), Asokoro Read More

Group berates Tinubu’s silence over invasion of Justice Odili’s residence

November 6, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A political pressure group known as the South-west Frontiers has condemned the prolonged silence of the former Lagos state governor and leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on the invasion of the residence of a Supreme Court judge, Justice Mary Odili by armed security operatives. The group similarly faulted the APC leader’s inaction about the recent Read More

COP26: Nigeria keying into electric, gas-powered vehicle manufacturing – Jelani Aliyu

November 5, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Director-General, National Automotive Design and Development Council, Jelani Aliyu, has asserted that Nigeria’s automotive industry is advancing towards actualizing the manufacturing of electric and gas-powered vehicles, in keeping with the net-zero target by 2060. Mr Aliyu made the disclosure while addressing delegates at the ongoing COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland where close to 200 countries gathered Read More

Biyi Bandele to direct movie adaptation of Soyinka’s play

November 5, 2021 Editorial III 0

Principal photography has kicked off for Netflix and EbonyLife studios’ latest production, the film adaptation of Wole Soyinka’s “Death and the King’s Horseman”. Adapted for the screen by award-winning novelist and “Half of a Yellow Sun” director, Biyi Bandele who doubles as director, the film will be set as a period piece and will follow the plotline of Soyinka’s play. Confirming the production, EbonyLife Read More

Obasanjo, Sultan, others converge for Secondary education in Abuja

November 5, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and the Sultan of Sokoto His Eminence Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, will on Monday 8th November, converge in Abuja for issues concerning Secondary Education in Nigeria. The event, according to a statement released to newsmen by the organiser Friday in Abuja, said the conference will also attract academics, politicians and religious leaders, will also feature Read More

Oyo APC state congress results not nullified – Lawan

November 3, 2021 Bayo Agboola, 0

The All Progressives Congress (APC)  congress committee chairman for  Oyo State, Hon Gambo Lawan on Tuesday declared that the results of the last Saturday congress in the state stands Lawan in a chat with newsmen in Ibadan dispelled the rumour about purported cancellation of the congress result by the APC national secretariat. The said that the party national secretariat only Read More

Lack of BoT responsible for worsening crisis in APC – Moniedafe

November 2, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A national chairmanship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Sunny Sylvester Moniedafe, has identified lack of Board of Trustee for the party as reason for worsening crisis rocking the party across the country. Moniedafe, however declared that “it is time for the APC to do the right thing” adding that if given opportunity to lead the party he has Read More

GTCO Plc loan book rises to N1.74trn

October 28, 2021 Amaka Ifeakandu 0

Guaranty Trust Holding Company (GTCO) Plc Group ) in its unaudited consolidated and separate financial statements for the period ended September 30, 2021, has gown its group’s loan book to N1.74 trillion. This represents an increase of 4.5 per cent from N1.66 trillion reported in December 2020. The company ‘s deposit liabilities increased to N3.90 trillion, representing a growth of Read More

APC appeal com’tt okay Niger Congress, says no petition, complaint received

October 27, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Chairman of the State Congress Appeal Committee in Niger state, Chief Ray Morphy, has said that his committee did not recieve petition or complaint regarding the recently conducted state congress of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Niger state. Chief Morphy declared that the appeal committee’s exercise was open, inclusive and democratic. The national secretariat of APC had Read More

Anambra: Accord candidate dimisses merger rumours with APGA

October 27, 2021 Amaechi Okwara 0

Governorship Candidate of the Accord Party in the November 6 election in Anambra state, Dr. Godwin Maduka, has dismissed rumours that he was about to collapse his structure into the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA). Dr. Maduka rather vowed to inflict crushing defeat on the APGA candidate, Prof. Charles Soludo and other contestants in the election. The governorship hopeful spoke Read More

Breaking: Big blow as Ministry postpones NBBF election indefinitely

October 25, 2021 Editor 0

The federal Ministry of Youth and Sports development has postponed election into the leadership of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) scheduled for October 30, 2021 in Benin City, Edo state capital. The postponement followed numerous crises rocking NBBF leadership. This was disclosed via a press statement issued by the permanent secretary of the ministry Ismaila Abubakar on Monday. Part of Read More

APC returns El-Sudi as Taraba party chairman

October 25, 2021 Andrew Ojih,​ 0

The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Sunday elected Alhaji Ibrahim Tukur El-Sudi as the substantive chairman of the party to lead thirty five other state executive members. Leader of the party in the state Senator Yusuf Abubakar Yusuf said that the party had resolved to go with affirmation rather than the tedious election process with the consent of all critical Read More

FBN Holdings confirms Otedola’s equity stake as share price surges

October 24, 2021 Segun Odunewu 0

FBN Holdings (FBNH) Plc, the parent company of First Bank, at the weekend confirmed that billionaire businessman, Femi Otedola has acquired a 5.07 percent equity stake in the lender. It would be recalled that the Nigerian billionaire was reported to have taken over the bank with his acquisition of about N30 billion worth of shares, making him the single largest Read More

Buhari set to unveil eNaira

October 24, 2021 Editor 0

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has announced that President Muhammadu Buhari will formally unveil the much talked about digital currency, known as the eNaira, on Monday. CBN Director, Corporate Communications, Osita Nwanisobi, who disclosed this in a statement on Saturday said the President will perform the unveiling ceremony inside the State House, Abuja. “Following series of engagements with relevant stakeholders Read More