IYD: Foundation asks youth to demand good governance

August 13, 2021 Paul Okah 0

In commemoration of the 2021 International Youth Day (IYD) the Project Rescue Nigeria Foundation has tasked  youths on demanding good governance from their political representatives, instead of becoming praise singers.  Addressing participants at a summit organised by the foundation Friday in Abuja, the Convener and National Coordinator, Mr Irem Raphael Nnaemeka, said that there was need to include support mechanism Read More

SMEDAN laments absence of data stalling MSMEs growth

August 12, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Director General , Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) Dikko Umaru Radda has expressed concern that the key challenges that have limited the development and growth in the sub-sector is the absence of up-to-date and useable data of Micro, Small and Medium (MSMEs). Radda noted this in Abuja on Thursday at the media briefing to signal Read More

Anambra Guber: Groups drum support for Maduka

August 11, 2021 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

Nigeria Female Youth Organisation (NFYO) and Michelles Youth Initiative for Sustainable Development have pledged their support for the Accord Party candidate, Dr Godwin Maduka for the November 6 Anambra governorship election. The group also called on everyone in Anambra state, especially women and youths to support Maduka to bring about meaningful transformation to the state. The President of NFYO and Read More

48% FCT infants denied exclusive breast feeding – Minister

August 6, 2021 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has revealed that about 48 percent of infants are not optimally exclusively breastfed in the Federal Capital Territory and this has created a margin which could, among others, be the poorest of the poor that requires extra efforts to reach. The minister, who made this revelation at the commemoration of 2021 World Read More

NiMet advocates adoption, implementation of national planning weather information

August 2, 2021 Adeola Tukuru 0

The Director-General/CEO of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency Professor Mansur Bako Matazu, has stated that adopting, implementation and utilisation of weather and climate information for national planning is one amongst the several solutions to achieving the objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) initiative. Professor Matazu who was the keynote speaker at the 61st Annual Conference of the Association of Nigerian Read More

FG, UNESCO, stakeholders move to enhance water quality through ecohydrology

July 26, 2021 Paul Okah 0

The federal government, through the Ministry of Water Resources and Regional Center for Integrated River Basin Management (RC-IRBM)/ National Water Resources Institute (NWRI), Kaduna, has partnered with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and relevant stakeholders in enhancing water quality in West Africa, through the application of ecohydrological tools. They made the commitment Monday in Abuja during Read More

Tongston unveils 1st integrated business & learning campus in Africa

July 22, 2021 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

A corporate organisation, Tongston Entrepreneurship Group has unveiled, a first of its kind, integrated business and learning campus in Africa in Gombe. In the same event hosted by Gombe State University, Tongston offered free training to over 100 educators with its maiden entrepreneurial educators course (EEC). This is contained in a statement signed by the Chief Executive Officer of Tongston Read More

SiBAN, IFF collaborate to engender blockchain adoption, education in Nigeria

July 20, 2021 Ayoni M. Agbabiaka 0

Blockchain Technology Association of Nigeria (SiBAN) and Institute For the Future (IFF) of the University of Nicosia (UNIC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to facilitate the adoption and growth of blockchain education in Nigeria. Both said they have agreed to collaborate as blockchain adoption and education as being identified as critical to the growth and development of the Read More

Insecurity: APC states agree on implementation of Security Trust Fund

July 3, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The All Progressives Congress (APC) controlled states have resolved to strengthen the legal framework for the implementation of Security Trust Fund (STF) as part of efforts to end insecurity. The states under the leadership of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) however, commended the renewed offensive by Nigerian security agencies against criminal elements across the country, even as they reaffirmed the Read More

FG to scale-up modern contraceptives against population explosion – Mamora

July 2, 2021 Uko Etim 0

The federal government has declared its readiness to scale up modern contraceptives to help in good family planning and to tame an impending population explosion in Nigeria. The Minister of State for Health, Senator Adeleke Olorumibe Mamora, made the disclosure during the National Family Planning Media Campaign Launch organized by Rotary International held at National Press Center, Abuja, and also Read More

Stanbic IBTC shows strength in 2020 sustainability report

June 29, 2021 Suleiman Idris 0

Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC (Stanbic IBTC), a member of Standard Bank Group, released its 2020 Sustainability Report to showcase its positive contributions that were centered on achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are geared towards improving societies for humanity and advancing sustainable development in the Nigerian community. The Stanbic IBTC sustainability report highlighted the organisation’s environmental, Read More

FSD Africa Investments extends $4.5mn energy projects to Nigeria

June 29, 2021 Blessing Anaro 0

Nigeria, has been chosen as one of African nations to benefit from the $4.5 million renewable energy financing programmes by the FSD Africa Investments (FSDAi), the investment arm of FSD Africa. The FADAi, is investing $4.5 million in Nithio FI, a renewable energy financing intermediary focused on the Pay as You Go (PAYG) off-grid solar sector. The intermediary provides renewable energy Read More

Take charge of projects in your areas, SDGs boss tasks communities

June 27, 2021 Oyibo Salihu 0

The senior special assistant to the president on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, Sunday, charged communities where projects are executed to take charge and protect the projects against vandalisation in order to serve them better. Orelope-Adefulire gave the charge during the official inauguration of 20 beds primary health centre at Ogidi-Ikwehi in Ihima, Okehi local government area of Read More

Global economic crisis: Is Nigeria ready for renewable energy transition?

June 18, 2021 BENJAMIN UMUTEME 0

…Osinbajo advises a more equitable transition …Gas, our own renewable energy – Sylva ‘…Stakeholders’ collaboration needed’ … Nigeria ready, but…- Expert The world is moving from fossil fuel to renewable energy, but many have been left wondering whether or not Nigeria, with its dependence on oil as a major source of revenue, is ready for this global shift. BENJAMIN UMUTEME writes. Read More

Fighting instability in West Africa, Sahel region

June 17, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

West African countries and those from the Sahel region in particular are facing many challenges affecting their stability and prosperity. Conflicts, such as in Mali, terrorist attacks as the ones experienced in Nigeria, and general unstable security and political environments have, in recent years, become serious obstacles on t West Africa’s path towards sustainable development and peace.Terror attacks in the Read More

Change should begin with us

June 10, 2021 Blueprint 0

“Change begins with me,” is a phrase that means a lot towards the sustainable development of every nation especially Nigeria in particular. The situation of Nigeria is getting complicated beyond expectation, with no improvements in many spheres like the oil sector, infrastructure, social development, economy, politics, and job opportunities. Thousands and hundreds of graduates are roaming the street with neither Read More

Minister calls for urgent action on ecosystem restoration

June 7, 2021 Blueprint 0

Nigeria joins other countries to commemorate World Environment Day to achieve a common goal of making the environment safe for national development. The World Environment Day was held at Osogbo, Osun state with the theme “Ecosystem Restoration – Resetting our Relation with Nature”. The Minister of Environment, Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar, added that the theme was carefully chosen to reflect Read More

10 years after FoI Act, Jonathan tasks media on fake news

June 3, 2021 Tope Sunday 0

Former President Goodluck Jonathan Thursday asked the Nigerian media practitioners how they had fared with be usage of the Freedom of Information Act (FO1A), which was enacted 10 years ago.The FOIA was enacted in 2011 to bequeath the media with the abiding freedom required to practice and an unfettered access to information in the public interest. Speaking in Abuja shortly Read More

Need to close gaps, increase synergy to ameliorate drought, desertification

June 1, 2021 Blueprint 0

Just recently the National Agency for the Great Green Wall (NAGGW) with other non-Governmental organisations (NGOs) brainstorm at the workshop on solutions and way forward for the amelioration of drought, land degradation, desertification and effects of climate change in the country. HELEN OJI reports. Inappropriate land use Land degradation and the effects of desertification have increased in the countries of Read More

Achievement of SDGs by 2030 huge challenge for businesses-LG Electronics

May 26, 2021 David Agba 0

A global electronic giant, LG Electronics has observed that the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 is a grand challenge, especially for businesses. The President, LG Electronics, Middle East & Africa Region, Mr. IL Hwan Lee, who stated this at a recent function said LG is committed to the triple bottom line of people, planet Read More

We train over 50 youth on metal works each year – Absa’u MD

May 26, 2021 Blueprint 0

Alhaji Umar Abubakar is the Managing Director of Absa’u Metal Works and Fabrication Limited, Gombe. In this interview with Chamba Simeh on the celebration of 11 11th anniversary of the company, the Madawakin Gombe explains how the welding company has fared over the years. He says that it manufactures water storage facilities of 2 million litres capacity. He also speaks Read More

Of Nigeria media, press freedom and good governance

May 14, 2021 Blueprint 0

The freedom of the Nigeria media took centre stage at the 2021 Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Press Freedom Awards, held last week, with the theme: “Press Freedom, Democracy and Good Governance,” as part of activities to mark the World Press Freedom Day. CHIZOBA OGBECHE was there. The World Press Freedom Day is celebrated on May 3, to call attention Read More

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US reaffirms commitment to advocating democracy, human rights amidst threats

May 14, 2021 Blueprint 0

The United Stats of America has reaffirmed its commitment to advancing democracy and human rights in the face of new and existing threats. USAID Administrator, Samantha Power, made the commitment, Thursday, during sessions with activists Jackline Nasiwa, from South Sudan; Maja Stojanovic, Executive Director of Civic Initiatives, from Serbia; Ken Abante, Co-Head of WeSolve, from the Philippines; David Riveros, Executive Read More

Finance, Justice ministers, others to brainstorm on illicit financial

May 13, 2021 Benjamin Umuteme 0

Nigeria will next week hold a two-day international conference on Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs) and Asset Recovery. The international conference, which will hold both physically and virtually on Tuesday and Wednesday is jointly organised by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Inter-Agency Committee on Stopping IFFs from Nigeria, African Union Advisory Board on Corruption (AUABC), and Read More

Empowering women farmers via financial inclusion

May 13, 2021 Abachi Silas Ungbo 0

Madam Lami, a mother of five beautiful children, has depended on agriculture as her means of livelihood long before the unfortunate passing of her husband; she waxes so lyrical of how it has been a reliable bulwark against poverty and hunger notwithstanding the drudgery and the concomitant challenges. However, she has found her greatest challenge in the cost of inputs Read More