Industrialising the rubber sub-sector in Nigeria

November 1, 2021 Blueprint 0

‘No rubber, No Nigeria’ is a popular mantra among stakeholders in the rubber sub-sector in Nigeria. It is indeed an unassailable fact that the rubber sub – sector has tremendous potentials to help in reviving the economy of the country. Rubber, which used to be the fourth largest foreign exchange earner for Nigeria after crude oil, hide and skin and Read More

APC National chair: Veteran Journalists Forum backs Sani Musa

October 30, 2021 Chamba Simeh 0

The Veteran Journalists Forum (VJF) has lent its weight to the bid by Senator Sani Musa (APC Niger state) for the national chairmanship of the All Progressives Congress (APC). At a press conference in Kaduna at the weekend, group’s Secretary-General, John Femi Adi, said Senator Musa has been a “detribalised Nigerian” with “powerful connections beyond ethno-geographic barriers and religious persuasions”. Read More

Listen to Nigerians, declare for presidency now, pressure mounts on Tinubu

October 23, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Former Lagos state governor and a national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has been pressurised again to make public his intention to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari. Thousands of his supporters gathered Saturday in Abuja at the unveiling Asiwaju’s legacies and inauguration of states’ steering committee to reinstate their claims. Although the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has Read More

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Babangida harps on entrepreneurial skill acquisition for women

October 23, 2021 Adeola Tukuru, 0

The executive director of the Better Life Program for the African Rural Woman (BLPRAW) Aisha Babangida has emphasize the importance of providing not just basic adult literacy education for rural women but entrepreneurial skill acquisitions to ensure financial growth and support. According to her, it will enable them gain access to affordable resource materials that the women could use either Read More

Barkindo advocates deployment of technology to tackle carbon emissions

October 20, 2021 Blessing Anaro 0

The Secretary General of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Dr. Sanusi Barkindo, has advocated the deployment of modern technologies such as the Carbon Capture Utilisation Storage (CCUS) instead of pushing for a wholesale abandonment of fossil fuels. Speaking at the Annual Legal Workshop of the Energy CharteSecretariat (ECS) and the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), the OPEC Read More

WFD: GAIN seeks more joint actions to improve Nigeria’s food systems

October 15, 2021 Adoyi M. Aba 0

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), a nutrition-focused organisation, has urged major priority actions for Nigeria from the just-concluded UN Food Systems Summit to assist the country to improve “our food systems as a country.” This was contained in a press statement issued Friday in Abuja by the organisation’s Country Director, Dr. Michael Ojo The statement read in part, Read More

World Poverty Day: NGO solicits support in rescuing vulnerable children

October 14, 2021 Paul Okah 0

Ahead of the World Poverty Day, the Inner-city Mission for Children has called on government, civil society organizations and stakeholders in the humanitarian sector to intervene in the plight of children in Nigeria. Addressing journalists Wednesday in Abuja, the Executive Director of Innercity Mission for Children, Omoh Alabi, said that the organization has been doing its best to provide humanitarian Read More

NIMET injects N2bn to improve marine services, others

October 13, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has disclosed its plans to improve its marine meteorological programmes and activities as it began the execution of projects in the marine sector valued at over N2 billion over the next two years. NiMet and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) have both championed effective collaboration, geared towards meeting international marine meteorological standards Read More

Initiative to host national youth summit, curb insecurity

October 13, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Michelle Youth Initiative for Sustainable Development (MYISD) is set to host its National Youth Summit to fashion out workable solutions to curb insecurity across the country. The convener of the Initiative and President of the Nigerian Female Youth Organization, Princess Mimi Peter, in a press release signed by her media aide, Emmanuel Daudu said the summit became necessary considering Read More

2023: Osinbajo best qualified to succeed Buhari, APC group declares

October 12, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Ahead the 2023 general elections, a support group of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on the platform of Progressives Consolidation Group (PCP) has rated Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as the best qualified to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari. The APC members said Osinbajo’s presidency will increase party’s chances for massive success in the coming general elections and also accelerate growth Read More

Driving national growth through tourism by the NIHOTOUR initiative

October 8, 2021 Blueprint 0

Again, there are calls for a total diversification of the country’s economy from oil to non-oil sectors. This is even as stakeholders applaud the initiatives of NIHOTOUR towards tourism as a veritable tool for revenue drive for the country. ELEOJO IDACHABA writes. In view of uncertainties about the prices of petroleum products in the international markets which inadvertently affect the Read More

Oyetola presents N129.7bn budget for 2022 fiscal year

October 5, 2021 Lateef Ibrahim 0

The Osun state governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, Tuesday presented a total sum of N129,8bn budget to the Atate House of Assembly for the 2022 fiscal year. Presenting the budget tagged “Budget of Sustainable Development,” Oyetola said advancement of economy will be given priority. The budget presentation, which was the 30th since the creation of the state, was higher than the year 2021 budget of Read More

Ogun demolishes distressed school building after student’s death

October 3, 2021 Hakeem Adegbenro 0

Following the recent collapse of a block of classrooms at Nazareth High School, Imeko, that killed one and injured two other students, the Ogun state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has ordered the demolition of the distressed school building. The governor,  further directed the immediate reconstruction of the demolished block of classrooms and hinted that any other public building found to be Read More

New academic session, more Covid-19, security concerns

October 1, 2021 Blueprint 0

The new academic session has heralded anxiety amongst parents over the safety of their wards. Although the government and respective school authorities have assured of safety, the prevailing atmosphere is like peace in the graveyard. ELEOJO IDACHABA writes. In the past, what used to be the worry of most parents and guardians whenever a new academic session was about to Read More

Ikeja Electric supports education with ‘Back to School’ initiative

September 29, 2021 Blueprint 0

As part of its commitment to entrenching societal values, Ikeja Electric has provided educational support materials to students of Odi-Olowo Nursery and Primary School in Idi-Oro, a suburb of Mushin in Lagos. Under its Personal Corporate Social Responsibility (PCSR) initiative, the company mobilised its popular social investment vehicle, called the ‘Give Back Team’, recently in a display of its usual Read More

Afghanistan: Fall of the giants and accentuated lessons II

September 22, 2021 Professor MK Othman 0

Archaeologically, Afghanistan is reputed to be the graveyard of some powerful empires for 770 years from 1219 to 1989. Those formidable countries/empires were Mongolian Empire (1219-1221), Mughal Empire (1383-1385), the British first attempt (1839-1842), British second attempt (1878-1880), British third attempt 1919, and Soviet Union (1979-1989). They all manufactured excuses justifying their invasion of Afghanistan at different times but they Read More

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Unemployment: BCS budgets N46.9m to empower youth in 10 states

September 14, 2021 Joseph Obung, 0

A Calabar-based religious organisation, Brotherhood of the Cross and Star (BCS), has budgeted over N46.9 million to train youths in different areas of human endeavours, including skills acquisition, agriculture, sports. Spokesman for the organisation, Patriarch Christ Shepherd Edet Archibong, made this known in Calabar Monday, in a press conference to mark the commencement of a week-long activities of the 8th Read More

Mitigating humanitarian crises on women

September 10, 2021 Blueprint 0

In this report, ENE OSHABA examines implication of humanitarian crises on women and need for adequate actions to create a safer society for women and children who suffer various forms of violence and abuses across the country. In recent times, violence against women and children has formed subject matter of discussions on many platforms given the rise in the trend. Read More

Celebrating 2021 World Literacy Day

September 7, 2021 Blueprint 0

Today, Nigeria joins the global community in celebrating this year’s International Literacy Day (ILD). The Day is set aside annually to draw the attention of the various countries to the importance of literacy not only as a sine qua non for socio-economic and political development but also a potent weapon to fight poverty, ignorance, disease, joblessness, oppression among others. The Read More

NIMASA automates verification of new ship registration certificates

September 6, 2021 Blessing Anaro 0

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has announced the electronic verification of the new Ship Registry Certificates the Agency introduced on July 1. The new Ship Registry Certificates now have QR Codes (Quick Response Codes) embedded in them to enable Ship-owners, Stakeholders and Regulatory Agency’s Enforcement officers verify the validity of the certificates. The Agency has also commenced Read More

FG should engage in responsible borrowing – Odeyemi

September 2, 2021 Blueprint 0

Adebayo Solomon Odeyemi is the Vice President of CITITRUST ADVISORY LIMITED. In this interview with BENJAMIN UMUTEME, he said that rather than rake up debt, the government should engage in responsible borrowing. He talked on other issues in the economy. Excerpts! How is the money market playing out especially with the business climate as it is at the moment? Presently, Read More

SystemSpecs seeks collaborations for sustainable ICT sector in Nigeria

August 25, 2021 Blessing Anaro 0

Technology giant, SystemSpecs, has supported calls for collaboration to engender the sustainability of Nigeria’s fast-growing ICT sector. According to an Executive Director of SystemSpecs, Deremi Atanda, the superstructure that holds the fabric of the society has shifted from physical engagement to one dominated by technology in the post-COVID-19 era. Nigeria, therefore, needs to harness these emerging opportunities through productive collaborations Read More

Ganduje, Nigeria’s unity and integration

August 23, 2021 Muhammad Garba 0

When in March, this year, the All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader and former Lagos state governor chose Kano for the 12th Bola Ahmed Tinubu Colloquium to celebrate his 69th birthday in the ancient and progressive city of Kano, Asiwaju purposely demonstrated not only the unity and oneness of Nigeria, but also identified with Governor Abudullahi Umar Ganduje, whom he Read More

Daily Trust calls for nominations on African of the Year 2021

August 22, 2021 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

Daily Trust, one of the leading independent newspapers in Nigeria, has called for nominations of exemplary personalities for the coveted African of the Year 2021 award. In a statement by acting chief executive officer of Media Trust Limited, publishers of Daily Trust, Nura Daura, Sunday, the newspaper noted that ideal nominees should be ordinary Africans who have made extraordinary contributions Read More

ActionAid charges journalists to promote inclusiveness in nation building

August 19, 2021 Oyibo Salihu 0

The Senior Special Assistant on Sustainable Development Goals to Nasarawa state government, Murtala Abubakar Mohammed, Wednesday charged journalists to be fair and balance their stories to enhance strong nation building. Mohammed gave the charge at Akwanga, Nasarawa state during a 2- Day Media Master Class on Preventing Violent Extremism in Kogi and Nasarawa states, with the theme: ‘Passing The Baton; Read More