Earned allowances: SSANU, NASU give FG 2 weeks to reverse sharing formula

October 28, 2021 Moses John 0

The two non-teaching staff unions of Nigerian Universities have given federal government a two-week ultimatum to reverse the sharing formula of the just approved N22.127 billion for payment of earned allowances for the university staff. Blueprint can authoritatively report that out of the approved amount, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ( ASUU) is to take a lion share of 75 Read More

Secession: Ohaneze wants FG to assent request by northern groups for South-east exit

October 28, 2021 Amarachukwu EgwuAgha, 0

Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide Wednesday advised President Muhammadu Buhari to grant the request of Northern groups to allow South-eastern zone exit from Nigeria. Some Northern groups had gone to an Abuja High Court to seek the exit of South-east from the country. Ohanaeze in a statement signed and made available to Blueprint by its Secretary General Okechukwu Isiguzoro alleged that Igbo Read More

The Obadiah I knew

October 27, 2021 Prof Samuel Mailafia 0

As the sunset welcomed the twilight of December 24, 1956, my mother told me she began to feel signs of movement and labour pain in the left side of her womb. This child that was born would later be christened Obadiah as the first child of the family of the first wedded couple in the Evangelical Reformed Church of Christ Read More

Declare state of emergency on printing industry, APPA urges FG

October 27, 2021 Samson Benjamin 0

The association of professional printers in Abuja has called on the federal government to, as a matter of urgency, declare a state of emergency on the print industry. According the association, the industry is “fast-dying as a result of unfavourable government policies.” It made the call in commemoration of the International Print Day, a day set aside by the global 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

Prioritise family planning for economic, educational advancement, FG urged

October 26, 2021 Ene Oshaba 0

Pathfinder International, a sexual and reproductive health rights based organisation has called on the federal government to prioritize investments through adequate budgeting and implementation of policies that supports family planning. It says this will help effective population management, economic growth and educational advancement in the country. The call was made during a 3-day orientation workshop for media practitioners as part Read More

Expose people behind banditry in Nigeria, council tells FG

October 24, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Northern States Council Secretary of Ansar-ud-Deen Society, Alhaji Isiaq Sanni, has urged the federal government to expose the sponsors and people supporting banditry in Nigeria for an enduring solution to the security challenge. The call came just as Speakers of the 36 states Houses of Assembly rose from their forum’s meeting in Katsina to support the call by the National Read More

Abolongo prisonbreak: 446 of 907 escapees recaptured – FG

October 24, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The federal government has said that 446 out of 907 escapees from the Abolongo custodial centre in Oyo state have been recaptured, whilst 69 never left the facility. Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, revealed this Sunday while making an inspection visit to the facility in Oyo, Oyo state. In a statement made available to Blueprint in Abuja, the Minister vowed Read More

FG interested in quelling agitations more than confronting insecurity – Afenifere

October 24, 2021 Bayo Agboola 0

The pan Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has said that the federal government is more interested in quelling agitations for self-determination rather than confronting insecurity and economic challenges facing the country. Afenifere stated this Sunday in a statement made available to newsmen in Ibadan by its national publicity secretary, Comrade Jare Ajayi. The organisation added that there is the need for Read More

Breaking: FG reveals Sunday Igboho’s major sponsor, exposes Nnamdi Kanu

October 22, 2021 Editor 0

The federal government on Friday said it has uncovered major financier of the Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo also known as Sunday Igboho. Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami who disclosed this revealed that a member of the National Assembly is capable. Malami, who was silent on the identity of the federal lawmaker, said a Read More

NNPC GMD at Editors’ conference: We ‘ve mobilised contractors for Port Harcourt refinery

The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) Thursday called on the federal government to adopt necessary measures in tackling the insecurity bedevilling the country. The editors bared their minds at a two-day conference  in Abuja, with the theme “Media in Times of Crises: Resolving Conflict, Achieving Consensus.” And at the event, Group Managing Director Nigeria National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Mele Kyari announced that Read More

FG set to revamp rubber industry- Minister

October 22, 2021 Binta Shama 0

The Minister of State, Science, Technology and Innovation, Barrister Abdullahi Mohammed, said the Federal Government has made a lot of profitable efforts to revive the Rubber Industry in the country. The Minister made this known when he gave a keynote address at the National Conference For the Industrialization of Rubber Sector, on Thursday, in Abuja. In the keynote address titled; Read More

FG commissions Jiwa-Gwagwa erosion channelisation works

October 21, 2021 Helen Oji 0

The federal government has commissioned the Jiwa – Gwagwa erosion control and channelisation works. The project was executed by the Ecological Project Office (EPO) in the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF). Abdulmumim Mohammed Ari, representing Nasarawa/Toto Federal Constituency, who represented President Muhammad Buhari, said the project would check flooding and gully erosion menace at Read More

FG says LPG market robust despite soaring cooking gas prices

Despite soaring cooking gas prices, the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), said the market has continued to grow beyond expectations. The Federal Government has officially scrapped the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) and the Petroleum Equalisation Fund (PEF). In a statement signed by the General Manager, Corporate Services, PPPRA, Kimchi Apollo, the organisation Read More

When cash crunch conjures insurmountable debt crisis

October 18, 2021 Jerry Uwah 0

Muhammadu Buhari recently argued that Nigeria has revenue challenges, and not debt crisis. There is a lot of economic and logical sense in the president’s argument. Nigeria’s debt of N35 trillion is a scant 30 per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP). The United States of America (USA), the world’s largest economy, carries a debt burden amounting to 105 Read More

Nigeria to receive first batch of tractors from Brazil in Q1 2022

October 17, 2021 John Oba 0

As part of efforts to speed up it mechanization programme in the agriculture sector, the federal government has revealed it would receive the first batch of tractors out of the 10,000 tractors expected from Brazil under the Green Imperative Project. The federal government signed a $1.2 billion Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Development Bank of Brazil for agriculture mechanisation Read More

Varsities’ll get N30bn revitalisation fund soon – FG

October 15, 2021 Blueprint 0

The federal government has disclosed that it would begin the disbursement of the N30 billion revitalisation fund to public universities soon. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, made the disclosure at the end of a closed door conciliation meeting between the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Friday in Abuja. The meeting was Read More

CSI, AWE task Nigerians on power of personal branding, businesses growth

October 15, 2021 Adeola Tukuru, 0

The CentreStage International (CSI) in partnership with Ascend Studios Foundation for the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE)- A White House Initiative that supports Women Entrepreneurs around the World has called on Nigerians use the power of personal branding and stories to shape the narrative about their businesses and drive growth and profitability.  The Convener CSI, Mrs Naomi Osemedua, at it part Read More

FG to support MSMEs access credit at single digit

October 15, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment (FMITI) has pledged to support Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to access credit at a single digit rate. The Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mrs. Maryam Katagum, said this Friday when members of the Nigerian Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (NASME) visited her in Abuja. According to Read More

FG declares Tuesday public holiday to mark Eidul-Mawlid

October 15, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The federal government has declared Tuesday October 19th, 2021 as public holiday to mark this year’s Eid-ul-Mawlid celebration in commemoration of the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him). Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who made this declaration on behalf of the federal government, congratulates all Muslim faithful both at home and in the Diaspora for Read More

How CBN’s infrastructure fund revitalises SMEs

October 15, 2021 BENJAMIN UMUTEME, 0

…It’ll lubricate businesses negatively impacted by Covid-19 – Expert  ‘…Ensure reasonable return on investment, drive economic growth’ ‘…SMEs can now overcome logistics, goods transportation hiccups’ …Apex bank must address corruption, kickbacks’ challenges – Adefolarin …It should create more attractive loans for SMEs – Spare parts dealer Across the globe, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have continued to be the livewire Read More

FG inaugurates science, technology and innovation boards

October 15, 2021 Binta Shama 0

The Federal Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Thursday in Abuja, inaugurated the Governing Boards and Council of Agencies/Institutes aimed at fast tracking the development of the country as well as overcome science, technology and innovation (STI) challenges. Inaugurating the boards, the Minister of Science Technology and Innovation, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu said in spite of the present challenges, his team Read More

Keeping Nigeria united and for all

October 14, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

President Muhammadu Buhari said that Nigeria must remain a strong and united country despite the current challenges. In a nationwide broadcast to mark the 61st independence anniversary, the President said the country’s unity is not negotiable. “Nigeria is for all of us. Its unity is not negotiable,” he said “And its ultimate success can only be achieved if we all Read More

Over N1.5trn unremitted operating surplus in various MDAs – FRC

October 14, 2021 Adeola Tukuru 0

The Chairman of Fiscal Revenue Commission (FRC) Victor Muruako, has said that despite the progress recorded in substantial increase in the volume of remittances of operating surplus between December 2020 , there is still over N1.5 trillion unremitted operating surplus in various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). He noted this on Thursday in Abuja when Paradigm Leadership Support Initiative (PLSI) Read More