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Manufacturers seeks end to Nigeria’s energy crises

September 28, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), has urged the federal government to urgently address the lingering energy crises in the country so as to help reposition the manufacturing sector and put the economy on path of growth. The Director-General of MAN,Mr Ajayi-Kadri, who made this call at the 46th Annual General Meeting of the association tagged: “Mainstreaming. Policies to Catalyse 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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Revenue automation: NCAA gives foreign airlines December deadline

September 25, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has given Dec. 31 deadline to all the foreign airlines that have yet to automate their remittance of its five percent Ticket Sales Charge/Cargo Sales Charge (TSC/CSC). The General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA, Mr Sam Adurogboye, who confirmed the development yesterday in Lagos warned that defaulting airlines would face severe sanctions. Adurogboye said a Read More

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NNPC records 17.16bn trading surplus in April 2018

September 25, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has consolidated on its operational performance with a trading surplus of 17.16 billion in the month of April, 2018. This represents a 5.43 billion improvement representing 46.29 per cent on the trading surplus recorded in the previous month. NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, who disclosed this in a Read More

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Informal sector’ll join contributory pension in 2019 – PenCom

September 25, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Acting Director-General, National Pension Commission, Mrs Aisha Dahir-Umar, has said that the informal sector will be allowed to join the Contributory Pension Scheme under its micro-pensions scheme in the first quarter of 2019. She said this during the 6th conference for directors of pension operators in Lagos, which was organised by the commission as part of its statutory mandate Read More

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On additional support for flood disaster victims

September 25, 2018 Blueprint 0

President Muhammadu Buhari, this week, expressed solidarity with Nigerians in several states affected by menacing floods and directed all federal government agencies “to use their authority and resources to assist the victims affected by the natural disaster.” The new presidential directive was conveyed through the Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr. Mustapha Maihaja. The NEMA boss is Read More

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NBC resolves Gombe, Yobe boundary disput

September 25, 2018 Blueprint 0

After long boundary dispute between Gombe and Yobe, the governments of both states have peacefully demarcated their boundaries, following a joint meeting of its officials with the National Boundary Commission (NBC). A communiqué signed after the meeting by the Deputy Governors of states, Charles Iliya and Abubakar Aliyu, respectively held at New Banquet hall Government House, Gombe, stated that “the Read More

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We received N14.98bn Paris club refund, Ortom confirms

September 25, 2018 Blueprint 0

Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom yesterday said the state government has so far received N14.9 billion final tranche of the Paris Club refund from the federal government. Governor Ortom, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Terver Akase said 80 per cent of the funds will be used for payment of salaries, pensions and gratuities. He announced the setting Read More

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NANS asks FG to prosecute finance minister

September 25, 2018 Blueprint 0

Following the Minister of Finance Kemi Adeosun’s resignation, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has urged the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to prosecute the former minister over the forged National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) exemption letter. Adeosun tendered her resignation on September 14, 2018, 69 days after the details of how she forged her NYSC certificate were published. Read More

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2019 and PDP’s consensus choice

September 24, 2018 Blueprint 0

Now that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has decided to deal with the unwieldy number of its presidential aspirants by picking a consensus candidate from their rank, it is pertinent to point out some issues the party can only ignore at its peril. In doing that, it is necessary to remind all Nigerians of goodwill – not just members of Read More

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1000 contractors apply for Nigerian Railway Corporation’s projects

September 24, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has opened bids to pre-qualify contractors for its 2018 projects with over 1000 participating. Ben Iloanusi, the NRC director of procurement, revealed this to journalists during prequalification exercise at the NRC headquarters,Ebute Meta, Lagos. Iloanusi said about 1,000 submissions were received across the various categories. “The projects numbering 12 as advertised recently by the corporation Read More

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NSE: Market capitalisation declines by N2bn

September 21, 2018 Blueprint 0

Trading activities on the floor of Nigerian Stock Exchange yesterday returned to negative trend, shedding N2 billion . Specifically, market capitalisation of listed equities depreciated by N0.16 basis points to N11.819 trillion from N11.821 trillion reported the previous day. The NSE All Share Index declined by 5.88 basis points to 32375.12 points from 32381.00 recorded the previous day. Investors traded Read More

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FG suspends Nigeria Air project

September 21, 2018 Blueprint 0

The federal government through the Federal Executive Council (FEC) yesterday suspended the National Carrier project in the interim. The Minister of state for Aviation ,Hadi Sirika announced this on his tweeter account saying “the Federal Executive Council has taken the tough decision to suspend the National Carrier Project in the interim”. According to him,” All commitments due will be honoured. Read More

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FG concessions 20 silos for N6bn

September 21, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) yesterday approved the concessioning of 20 out of its 33 silos to private sector operators at the cost of N6 billion. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents on the outcome of the weekly FEC meeting in Abuja, saying the silos, built at different parts of Read More

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UNICEF urges state of emergency in health sector

September 21, 2018 Blueprint 0

Abuja The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has urged government, both at the federal and state levels, to declare a state of emergency on the sanitation sector, as Nigeria loses N45.5 billion due to lack of sanitation. This comes 130 million Nigerians have no access to improved sanitation, and also ranks first in Africa, and second globally in countries with Read More

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Whistle-blowing: Another abandoned policy?

September 21, 2018 Blueprint 0

It is a known fact that corruption and corrupt practices are part of what successive governments have been vowing to fight. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was established as part of efforts of curbing corruption and punishing culpable individuals who enrich themselves at the expense of the masses whom they claim to be serving. But the social menace, Read More

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Use SUKUK for economic development, Don Tasks FG

September 21, 2018 Blueprint 0

A senior lecturer with the Department of Islamic Economics, University of Southern California, United States, Prof. Mozar Kahf has called on the federal government to use SUKUK in the building of viable infrastructure in the country to advance the economy. Speaking to newsmen shortly after delivering a lecture entitled “SUKUK and Sustainable Economic Development,” held at the old campus of Read More

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2019: I’ll correct Taraba chieftaincy imbalance, uphold justice – Aspirant

September 19, 2018 Blueprint 0

A Taraba state governorship aspirant on the platform of All Progress, Barr Kabiru Umar Dodo has promised to correct the injustices that characterised the creation and upgrading of chiefdoms in the state. According to him, the essence of the creation of chiefdoms was defeated as “there is clear injustice in the exercise aimed at creating confusion and rancour among communities Read More

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Mpape earth tremor

September 19, 2018 Blueprint 0

A tremor, according to the experts, is like a tiger’s gamboling that grows stealthily over the course of time to become man’s eaters. Taming the gamboling at this embryonic stage is an urgent call for the Federal Government. We appreciate the fact that what we have witnessed in certain parts of Abuja recently was a minor tremor. Some responses from Read More

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Buhari orders installation of rail facilities at ports

September 18, 2018 Blueprint 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that ports in the country must have the complement of rail infrastructure to boost socioeconomic activities. The President gave the directive yesterday while speaking at the International Association of Ports and Harbour’s Africa Regional Conference in Abuja. “We understand that this interconnectivity will improve the country’s economic competitiveness as targeted under the Economic Recovery and Read More

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Commence payment of N2bn compensation to Zungeru dam communities, FG told

September 18, 2018 Blueprint 0

The senator representing Niger East, David Umaru has urged the state government to commence the disbursement of the N2billion compensation to the 10 host communities of Zungeru dam project. The amount was released by the federal government to resettle those affected by the dam project months ago without any sign of compensation and resettlement. The senator made this call at Read More

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Kadpoly to protect students from lecturers’ excesses

September 14, 2018 Blueprint 0

The management of the Federal Polytechnic, Kaduna has put measures in place to protect the institution’s undergraduates from lecturers’ excesses. The rector of the polytechnic, Prof. Idris Bugaje during a recent rector to students’ interaction held in the campus announced that the school management was ready to punish lecturers found guilty of any form of misconduct. Bugaje also assured the Read More

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Why Nigerian ports remain uncompetitive – Russo

September 14, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Managing Director of PTML Terminal, Tin Can Island Port, Lagos, Ascanio Russo, has identified infrastructural deficit and unfavourable trade policies as some of the challenges facing Nigerian ports and placing the ports at a disadvantage compared to the ports of neighbouring countries. Russo, who spoke in Lagos recently, said that the level of infrastructure around the ports are poor Read More

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Are loans from China necessary for Nigeria’s economic development?-voxpop

September 13, 2018 Blueprint 0

On Wednesday last week, President Muhammadu Buhari signed a concessional loan agreement of $382m with Chinese President, Xi Jinping, for Information and Communication Technology Infrastructure Backbone Phase II (NICTIB II) project. President Buhari also requested for China’s financial and technological support to build the 3050 Megawatts Mambilla hydroelectric power project in Taraba state, among other things. PAUL OKAH speaks to Read More

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Indigenous operators berate low govt patronage

September 13, 2018 Blueprint 0

Lack of patronage for local products and services, especially in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), has drawn the ire of stakeholders in the sector. The stakeholders are also miffed at the Office for Nigerian Content Development in ICT (ONC), and urged it to do more to protect and support indigenous companies’ survival. Read More