Xinhua Headlines: Xiplomacy echoes call of the times at UN meetings

October 4, 2020 Editor 0

With the world beset with such grave challenges as a raging pandemic, continuing recession, surging isolationism and rising hegemonism, the recent series of UN high-level meetings represent the world’s latest bid to find humanity’s way forward. In multiple speeches delivered at the most important international platform, Chinese President Xi Jinping expounded his approach to addressing the fundamental questions of the Read More

Amnesty Int’l, IPOB leading campaign against Nigeria’s image, centre raises alarm

September 28, 2020 Editor 0

 Some ‘discredited’ groups, including Amnesty International (AI) and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), are steering a campaign to dent Nigeria’s image abroad, Centre for Africa Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights (CALSER) has revealed. Speaking at a press conference on Monday in Abuja, Executive Director, Abubakar Gana, brought the attention of the Commonwealth and United Kingdom (UK )to the deliberate attempt Read More

Ahead Independence Day: Inter-Faith group commences prayers for Nigeria, Buhari

September 23, 2020 Editor 0

Ahead of Nigeria’s 60th independence anniversary, the National Inter-Faith and Religious Organization for Peace (NIFROP) has commenced prayer and fasting for President Muhammadu Buhari and the entire country.  At its meeting on Tuesday at the Unity Fountain, Abuja, the group described October 1st as a “day of convenant” which marked the end of colonial rule. Speaking on behalf of the group, Read More

Tackle indiscriminate dumping of refuse to stop flooding, expert tells FG, states

September 22, 2020 Editor 0

Founder of Sustain Recycle, Olatorera Dickson-Amusa, has identified indiscriminate dumping of refuse as a major cause of flood, urging governments at all levels to tackle the ugly act. She said the best way authorities can tackle indiscriminate dumping of refuse to manage flooding in the country is by educating the people on its implication. Miss Dickson-Amusa who applauded the federal Read More

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Inflationary pressure to continue with minimum wage implementation -Olowu

January 12, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Lagos The President Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), Dr Uche Olowu has said the nation’s economy will perform better in 2020 but inflationary pressure will continue in the system with the implementation of new minimum wage. Olowu who stated this in Lagos at the Finance Correspondents Association of Nigeria (FICAN), 2020 Economic Outlook sponsored by Polaris Bank Limited said Read More

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OCP, Nigeria varsities seek fresh partnership on devt

December 29, 2019 Editorial IV 0

A new partnership has commenced between OCP Africa Nigeria Fertilizer, its research institution, University Mohammed VI Polytechnic (UM6P) and Nigerian universities, to boost the performance of the country’s agriculture. As part of the collaboration, OCP and UM6P visited the authorities of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU). The Country Manager of OCP Africa Read More

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Christmas: Buhari hosts Osinbajo, CAN, FCT residents, says 2019 successful

December 25, 2019 Editorial IV 0

President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday hosted Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, officials of the Christians Association of Nigeria (CAN) and some residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) who paid him the traditional Christmas homage.The delegation, comprising religious, traditional and political leaders as well top civil servants and members of the press, was led by the Minister of FCT Mr Mohammed Musa Read More

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Only STI can guarantee growth, development – Onu

December 2, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu has asserted that low income countries can only grow economically when they develop their Science Technology and Innovation (STI).The minister said rhis at the conference on  thinking technology transfer for sustainable development and transformation change recently in Abuja. Onu said the present administration is working judiciously to move the nation’s economy from Read More

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Commissioner seeks support for girl-child education

November 21, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Nasarawa state Commissioner for Woman Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Halima Jabiru,  has called for the support of emirate councils in the state to  ensure improved investment in girl-child education and health for  sustainable development. Jabiru said Wednesday during a visit to the Emir of Lafia,  retired Justice Sidi Bage. She said that the call had become imperative because educating a girl-child Read More

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NASS in dark over AFCTA Agreement, other treaties – Rep

November 18, 2019 Editorial IV 0

 Details of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AFCTA), signed by President Muhammadu Buhari in July this year after ratification by 22 African Union ( AU) member States on the 30th of May, 2019, are yet to be made available to the National Assembly for domestication in line with section 12(1) of the 1999 Constitution as amended.  The Chairman, House Read More

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My programmes ‘ll end youth restiveness – Alaibe

September 1, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in Bayelsa state, Chief Timi Alaibe, has promised to introduce disarmament, reintegration and demobilization programmes for restive youths in the state when elected as governor. The former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), who said this Sunday in Yenagoa, stated that such measures wouessld not only curb restiveness but attract investments Read More

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Youth urged to tap into agric value chain opportunities

June 16, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Youth across the country has been urged to tap into a trillion dollar agro value chain opportunities to curb harvest waste, generate income and keep the environment clean as an ultimate agenda in line with the sustainable development goals. Agronature Nigeria in a report, said, the Assistant Director, Environment and Climate Change Unit of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Read More

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Ministry plants 10 indigenous tree species on 834.6 hectares of land

June 3, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The Federal Ministry of Environment has taken a giant step to ensure effective coordination and better management of the environment. HELEN OJI reports. Effective coordination  The Federal Ministry of Environment has achieved effective coordination and better management of the environment through the former minister of environment Surveyor Alhaji Suleiman Zarma, in the environment sector. Ministry was charge with the responsibility of protecting the natural Read More

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Heritage Bank promotes CBN’s sustainable development in business operation

May 19, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Heritage Bank Plc has recorded positive impact in the implementation of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) initiative on Nigeria Sustainable Banking Principle (NSBP) by giving its backing to greener environment in order to deliver positive development effects to society and business, while protecting the communities and environs in which it operates and the customers. The bank partnered the promoter Read More

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Africa Blue Economy forum urges businesses to embrace initiative

May 10, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Africa Blue Economy Forum (ABEF) which comes to Tunis on June 25-26 has enjoined businesses to embrace the initiative.Speakers include government ministers and officials from Gabon, Ghana, Morocco, Somaliland, Tunisia and Seychelles; Aims to raise awareness of the economic, social and environmental benefits of the Blue Economy. African businesses are being challenged to wake up to the economic, social and Read More

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Kaduna Int’l Trade Fair clocks 40, seeks partnerships

March 15, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The President, Kaduna Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KADCCIMA), Dr Muheeba Dankaka on Thursday officially announced the celebration of 40th year Anniversary of the Kaduna International Trade Fair. The theme of the forthcoming Fair slated for 29th March to 7th April 2019 is entitled: consolidating interface between industry and agriculture for Nigeria’s sustainable development. Dankaka made the announcement on Thursday during Read More

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NITP makes case for new urban agenda domestication

February 4, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The national President, Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP), Lekwa Ezutah, has called on the federal government to domesticate the components of the new urban agenda.  Ezutah, who spoke over the weekend in Abuja during his investiture as the 23rd president of NITP, said the new urban agenda was adopted at UN conference on housing and sustainable urban development (Habitat lll) Read More

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Ganduje’s Aide faults Buhari’s comment on video scandal

November 20, 2018 Blueprint 0

Alhaji Zulyadaini karaye, the Senior Special Assistant on Sustainable Development Goals rn Kano State Governor, Ibrahim Umar Ganduje, has faulted President Muhammadu Buhari’s alleged Ganduje’s corruption scandal saying it was premature. Reacting to the comment made in France last week, the SSA said: “His comment on the alleged Ganduje’s corruption scandal is in fact corruption because the allegation against the Read More

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NYSC, institution for harnessing youth’s resourcefulness-Abubakar

October 26, 2018 Blueprint 0

Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi state has described the National Youth Service Corps [NYSC] as an institution of government for harnessing youth’s resourcefulness for national development. Speaking yesterday during the swearing-in ceremony of the 2018 batch C stream I corps members deployed to Bauchi state, the governor, represented by the state head of Civil Service, Liman Bello asserted that NYSC Read More

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Akwa Ibom APC alleges evil ‘plans’ against Akpabio, Ekere

October 11, 2018 Blueprint 0

The All Progressives Congress (APC) Akwa Ibom State chapter has alleged that the PDP-led state government has finalized smear campaign aimed at discrediting Senator Godswill Akpabio and its governorship candidate, Nsima Ekere. A statement by its state Publicity Secretary, Nkereuwem Enyongekere, who raised the alarm yesterday, said the APC got wind of the evil plots after Governor Udom Emmanuel and Read More

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NIPOST has expanded its frontiers – PMG

October 3, 2018 Blueprint 0

For the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) to play its role of creating an inclusive society and make greater contribution to socio-economic development, it has expanded its frontiers, the Postmaster General of the Federation, Barr Bisi Adegbuyi has stated. Speaking at the on-going the 13th Abuja International Trade Fair, he said “with many countries stepping up efforts to achieve UN Sustainable Read More

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NGO applauds World Bank’s intervention in schools

September 28, 2018 Blueprint 0

Connected Development (CODE) has applauded the World Bank’s $611m (N221bn) support to the federal government to get out-of-school children into classrooms all over the country, through the Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) programme. The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) said over one million children in North-eastern Nigeria lack basic education due to the Boko Haram insurgency, increasing the Read More

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ANCOPSS condemns ‘dual career’ studentship in educational system

September 25, 2018 Blueprint 0

The All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS) has condemned the involvement of Nigerian youths in politics at the expense of formal education. In a communiqué issued Thursday at the end of its five day National Executive Meeting in Gusau, ANCOPSS said there is advent of “Dual Career” studentship in Nigeria’s educational system and something urgent must be Read More

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More Nigerians ‘ve access to cell phones than toilets – UNICEF

September 19, 2018 Blueprint 0

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has declared that “more people have access to cell phones in Nigeria than they have access to toilets.” Quoting a 2018 report by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the Chief of WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), UNICEF, Zaid Jurji, said “140 million people in Nigeria have cell phones, while only 97 million have access Read More

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Kofi Annan: The quintessential liberation internationalist

September 18, 2018 Blueprint 0

I am honoured and humbled to be invited to add my own voice to the torrent of world-wide tributes that have followed the transition of former Secretary General Kofi Annan. My acquaintance with Mr. Annan dated back to the latter part of the 1970s when I assumed duty as the DirectorGeneral of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs and he Read More