Insecurity: FG begins inter-agencies training on public safety, internal security

May 6, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

As part of efforts to improve security agencies’ response to various threats to public peace and safety across the country, the federal government has flagged-off an inter-agencies training on Nigeria Internal Security and Public Safety Alert System (NISPSAS). Declaring open the training Thursday in Abuja, Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola said the ministry charged with responsibility of ensuring internal Read More

Take action to improve country’s repression of media, Journalists, ActionAid tells FG, stakeholders

May 5, 2021 Blueprint 0

ActionAid Nigeria, has called on the government and other stakeholders in Nigeria to use the opportunity of the World Press Freedom Day to take action to improve on the country’s appalling record of repression of the media and journalists. The Country Director, Ene Obi also called on the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to review some of the stringent terms and Read More

Federal pensioners hail Buhari over minimum pension

May 4, 2021 Moses John 0

The Federal Parastatals and Private Sector Pensioners Association f Nigeria (FEPPPAN), has commended President Mohammadu Buhari-led Federal government for its approval and issuance of circular for the commencement of the consequential adjustment of the new minimum pensions. The union in a statement signed by FEPPPAN President-General Temple Ubani also called on all pensioners under its umbrella and not in any Read More

No more congestion at polling units in future elections, INEC chair assures

May 4, 2021 Emeka Nze 0

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof Mahmood Yakubu has assured voters in the country of expanded access for voting devoid of congestions. Prof Yakubu also promised that when voter registration commences on the 28th June, citizens would have opportunities to choose new locations to cast their votes. The INEC chairman who was speaking on Tuesday during a Read More

Confusion among Oando shareholders as SEC insists on AGM suspension

May 3, 2021 Segun Odunewu 0

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has reiterated that Oando Plc Annual General Meeting (AGM) stands suspended in the latest twist in the long-running battle between the regulator and Oando. SEC in a statement at the weekend quashed conflicting reports that the suspension has been lifted. The commission recalled that in 2017, it received petitions from two shareholders of Oando Read More

Time for stiffer penalties for rapists

May 3, 2021 Blueprint 0

The recent revelation by the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Pauline Tallen, that during the relaxed lock-down in the country to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, a total of 3,600 cases of rape were recorded is not only alarming but quite despicable and reprehensive. The undesirable situation tends to lend credence to the call for stiffer punishment for rapists Read More

We’ll take Lagos Rugby to desired heights – Larinde Williams

April 27, 2021 Akeem Busari 0

The gentleman’s game of rugby is about to receive the much needed lift in Lagos state. This was revealed by Hon. Larinde Williams in an interview with Sports Chronicle Magazine. According to Williams who was recently appointed Chairman of Lagos State Rugby Association, the game has somewhat suffered a seeming apathy by sports enthusiasts in the state in recent times. Read More

TAJBank records highest EPS in Banking Industry, N845m PAT….As assets grew 443% in first year of operation

April 27, 2021 David Agba 0

TAJBank, one of Nigeria’s non-interest banking services provider, has recorded the highest earning per share (EPS) in the nation’s banking industry with its shareholders earning N11.82 per share, representing an appreciation of 1,182% on every N1 investment by them in the financial year 2020. This is even as the lender reported N845 million Profit After Tax (PAT) in its first Read More

TAJBank records highest EPS in Banking Industry, N845m PAT….As assets grew 443% in first year of operation

April 25, 2021 David Agba 0

TAJBank, one of Nigeria’s non-interest banking services provider, has recorded the highest earning pershare (EPS) in the nation’s banking industry with its shareholders earning N11.82 per share, representingan appreciation of 1,182% on every N1 investment by them in the financial year 2020. This is even as the lender reported N845 million Profit After Tax (PAT) in its first year of Read More

Banditry: Uba Sani wants service chiefs to redouble efforts

April 24, 2021 Chamba Simeh 0

Senator Uba Sanii (APC, Kaduna Central) has tasked the service chiefs to redouble the fight against banditry with all seriousness in order to ensure a defeat of all bandits and other criminal elements. This, according to the lawmaker, is one sure means of saving the country from the painful daily bloodletting. Senator Sani said the National Assembly also restated the  Read More

Legislation: CSOs, stakeholders call for amendment of CAMA Act 2020

April 21, 2021 Blueprint 0

Yiaga Africa has kicked off its advocacy against obnoxious legislation in Nigeria with a stakeholder roundtable to review the Company and Allied Matters Act 2020 in a bid to ensure further legislation. The roundtable brought together stakeholders from Corporate Affairs Commission, Academics and Civil Society Organisations to identify gaps in the CAMA 2020 assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari in Read More

Pension schemes in Nigeria: Albatross of retirees

April 21, 2021 Prof MK Othman 0

As elucidated in the first part of this piece, the defined pension scheme in Nigeria failed to serve the basic objective of making retirees enjoy the fruit of their labour. The failure was attributed to poor pension fund administration, outright corruption; embezzlement of the pension fund; inadequate build-up of funds, and poor supervision. Has the new scheme, the contributory pension Read More

Railway: Customs to relocate scanner site at Apapa port

April 21, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi said the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) has agreed to demolish the scanner site obstructing the laying of tracks into the Apapa port which would be done within six months. He disclosed this on Monday after the technical meeting with stakeholders on ways to resolve the challenges affecting the completion of the third track that Read More

BDCs set for market dominance, regulatory compliance

April 19, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Association of Bureaux De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON) recently held a meetingwith officials of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) the Economic and Financial CrimesCommission (EFCC), DataPro and others to chart a course on the sustainable growth of BDCs inthe country. AMAKA IFEAKANDU reports that despite the challenges, they must comply withthe industry regulations. The Association of Bureaux Read More

Experts stress need to foster sustainable development post Covid-19 era

April 19, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Environment experts gathered recently to brainstorm on the need for strategic approach to sustainable development in Covid-19 era and beyond. HELEN OJI reports.  The 14th National Council on Environment (NCE) had their meeting with high-level decision makers in government, experts, partners and critical stakeholders from different organisations, recently gathered at NAF Conference Centre, Kado Abuja with the theme, “Managing Emerging Environmental Challenges: Read More

ICSAN President, Ayeku, tasks FRCN on CAMA 2020 grey areas

April 19, 2021 Segun Odunewu 0

President of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN), Bode Oyeku, has urged the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria to throw light on some contentious areas in the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2020, especially as it affects companies’ mode of financial operations. Mr. Oyeku gave the charge penultimate Wednesday at a webinar organized by ICSAN with Read More

EU/UN group decries low commitment to violence against women, girls’ fight

April 17, 2021 Joseph Obung 0

The fight against sexual, physical and emotional violence women and girls are made to face in Nigeria would register greater result if stakeholders, community surveillance teams and relevant government agencies could increase their level of commitment, a EU-UN group, Spotlight Initiative, has said. Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF Field Office, Enugu, Mr. Victor Atochukwu, said this in Calabar during a review Read More

Digitisation critical to transforming Nigeria’s insurance sector – Alebiosu

April 15, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Principal Investment and Strategy Manager, Leadway Assurance Limited, Mr. Akinyemi Alebiosu, has challenged operators in the insurance sector to invest in new technology that will be driven by data as that is the new way to go in the industry. Alebiosu, argues that insurance companies itching to make breakthroughs and remain relevant in the nearest future must consciously create Read More

Financial reform: We are open to new ideas – AGF Idris

April 14, 2021 Benjamin Umuteme 0

The Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), Ahmed Idris has declared his readiness to partner with stakeholders that have valuable ideas which will help consolidate the gains of the ongoing financial management reforms initiatives. In a statement by Director (Information, Press and Public Relations, Henshaw Ogubike, the AGF made this declaration in Abuja when he received in audience the Partners Read More

SSANIP rejects usurpation of non-teaching staff’s positions in polytechnics

April 12, 2021 Moses John 0

The Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnics (SSANIP) has condemned alleged usurpation of positions of non-teaching staff in favour of the teaching staff by polytechnic management. According to a communiqué issued at the end of the National Executive Council (NEC) and 1st Special Delegates Conference, the union expressed disappointment over such act of some management as is at variance with Read More

Okupe harps on unity, security ahead of 2023

April 11, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

A former presidential spokesman, Dr Doyin Okupe, has cried out to political leaders across party lines to unite in finding solutions to the problems  of insecurity bedeviling the Nation. Okupe in a personally signed statement in Abuja Sunday, said addressing the problem along with agitations for  self rule and intra ethnic hatred ahead of  2023 general elections , were very Read More

Fake news can set Nigeria ablaze – Kaduna Speaker

April 10, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu, Kaduna 0

Speaker, Kaduna state House of Assembly, Hon. Yusuf Zailani, has warned that fake news is capable of setting Nigeria ablaze, noting that it has contributed to the spate of insecurity affecting the country.  Addressing a one-day roundtable organised by NUJ Northwest Zone in collaboration with NUJ Kaduna State Council on ‘Fake News, Governance and Society’ in Kaduna on Saturday, Zailani said Read More

APC: Dousing the fuss over registration/revalidation exercise

April 10, 2021 Abdulrahman Abdulrauf 0

The APC registration and revalidation exercise under the Mai Mala Buni-led caretaker committee and the needless fuss around ‘extension,’ forms the thrust of this piece by ABDULRAHMAN A. ABDULRAUF. Following protracted crises that hit the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) under the Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee (NWC), the party’s National Executive Council (NEC) declared the elected officials sacked June Read More