Nigeria to pay $4bn extra in 2023 if lawmakers reject loan-bond swap – Buhari

January 4, 2023 Blessing Anaro 0

Nigeria will pay N1.8 trillion ($4 billion) extra interest in 2023 if the National Assembly rejects a loan-to-bond swap request on the central bank’s overdrafts to the government, President Muhammadu Buhari said on Tuesday after signing the 2023 budget into law. The Senate last week delayed a decision on the president’s request to convert $53 billion worth of central bank Read More

FG okays 14-day paternity leave for civil servants

November 29, 2022 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The federal government has approved 14-day paternity leave for male civil servants with effect from November 25, 2022. This was contained in a circular issued in Abuja by the Head of Civil Service of the Federation Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan. She said the leave was in line with the provisions of the Public Service Rules 2021. The circular reads: “Government has Read More

‘$9.6bn P&ID fraud’: Court issues bench warrant on Briton, Nolan

November 16, 2022 Kehinde Osasona 0

‘ Justice D U. Okorowo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Tuesday,   November 15, 2022, issued a bench warrant on  James Richard Nolan, a Briton,  for jumping bail and failing to appear before him for trial. Nolan, one of the directors of Goidel Resources Limited, a Designated Non-Financial Institution, DNFI,   and another company,   ICIL Limited, are standing trial on 16- count charges bordering on money laundering. Read More

Rule of law, Nigeria’s only hope of survival (2)

December 19, 2021 Hassan Gimba 0

This is the second part of our treatise on the rule of law that started last week. The rule of law is about the creation of laws, their enforcement so that no one – including the most highly placed citizen – is above the law. When one looks at how organised countries have control over their affairs, one sees how Read More

Osun 2022: Oyetola urges transport unions to eschew violence

November 3, 2021 Lateef Ibrahim 0

Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, has appraled to the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), and other transport unions to sustain the peace that has existed in the state and eschew violence before, during and after the 2022 governorship election. Oyetola who spoke at the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, Osogbo, during the endorsement rally organised for him by the Read More

Provide land for new federal institutions, students urge Bauchi gov’t

November 3, 2021 Najib Sani 0

A coalition of Bauchi state students and youth has called on the state government to provide sites for the construction of the new federal institutions approved by president Muhammadu Buhari. Recall that president Buhari had recently approved the establishment of Federal University of Health, Nutrition and Medical Science in Azare, Katagum local government, Federal College of Education in Jama’are local Read More

Mosquito and malaria

Malaria vaccine: Ned Nwoko foundation plans massive roll out in Nigeria

October 12, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Prince Ned Nwoko Foundation Malaria Eradication Project is to lead other partners in the nationwide promotion and roll out of the new malaria vaccine which the World Health Organization (WHO) recently approved for wide-use in countries.  The Federal Ministry of Health gave the approval following the foundation’s earlier offer to avail its malaria eradication platform for coordination of the Read More

These music groups gave us hit songs one-time, do you still remember?

October 11, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

It is said that two heads are always better than one and it’s no surprise that boy-bands and girl-bands are highly successful with massive impact. Nigerian listeners were entertained by music groups who kept the airwaves and dance floors busy.In this article, we will be looking at the Top Nigerian Music Groups and their hit songs  1- PsquareP-Square Consisted of Read More

Buhari replaces Auwalu on NPRA board

September 29, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

 The Senate has received a request from President Muhammadu Buhari to replace the nomination of Engr. Sarki Auwalu as the Chief Executive Officer on the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NPRA) board.  The request was contained in a letter dated September 28, 2021, and read by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, during plenary on Wednesday.  The President in Read More

2023: Group to mobilise 3m voters against Northern presidential candidate

September 28, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, a group, Grassroot Alliance For Good Governance (GAFGG) has called on the two leading political parties in Nigeria, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to pick their presidential candidates from the South. The group which said it is beating the drums of unification and togetherness to the hearing of Read More

Voter register: INEC requests NPC’s data on deceased Nigerians

September 24, 2021 Admin III 0

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has urged the National Population Commission (NPC) to periodically avail INEC of the data of deceased Nigerians to further enhance the credibility of the nation’s register of voters. The INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, made the request when he received the chairman of the NPC, Alhaji Isa Kwarra, who paid him a courtesy visit Read More

FG’s borrowings exceed budgeted amount by 28.3%

September 20, 2021 Blessing Anaro 0

By the time the National Assembly approves the recent request by the federal government to borrow additional fund, external borrowings would exceed budgeted amount for 2021 by 28.3 per cent, analysts have warned. They said, external borrowings, which include the Eurobond and the fresh request will be much higher than what was agreed on in the budget. “Using the US Read More

Jos crisis: Ogun begins evacuation of over 80 students, corpers

August 22, 2021 Hakeem Adegbenro 0

The Ogun State government has ordered the immediate evacuation of indigent students and corps members from crisis troubled Jos, the Plateau state capital, owing to the bandit attack which left about 24 persons dead. Briefing newsmen on the development Sunday, the the National President of the National Association of Ogun State Students (NAOSS), Comrade Gbemileke Ogunrombi stated that the state government intervention Read More

Breaking: Bala submits new list of commissioner nominees

August 17, 2021 Najib Sani 0

Three months after he sacked his cabinet members, governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state on Tuesday submitted new list of nominees as commissioners to the state house of assembly. Spokesperson to the speaker of the assembly Abdul Ahmad Burra who disclosed the submission of the new members of the state executive council to be, explained that the governor has requested Read More

Wike promises N5m monthly for maintainance of FFS firefighting trucks

August 13, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, has pledged five million monthly to the Federal Fire Service (FFS) for the maintenance of firefighting trucks in the state. He made the promise during the commissioning of one modern firefighting truck, Basic Life Support Ambulance (BLS) and one water tanker in Port Harcourt. In a statement released Friday in Abuja and signed by the Read More

LCC takeover report false — Lagos govt

August 11, 2021 Benjamin Umuteme 0

The Lagos state Government has refuted claims that it requested to take over the Lekki Concession Company (LCC). In a statement by Commisioner for Information & Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, the request by the state government was for the conversion of the African Development Bank loan from a private sector (commercial) loan to a sovereign (public sector) loan, which attracts a Read More

Senate approves Buhari’s N2.343trn external borrowing request

July 7, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The Senate has approved President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for the authourisation of N2.343 trillions! ($6.183 billion USD) as External Borrowing in the 2021 Appropriation Act.  This was just as it directed the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, the Director General of the Debt Management Office, Patience Oniha, and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Read More

NCFront demands urgent council of state meeting to address insecurity

June 9, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The National Consultative Front, (NCFront) has appeal to former heads of state, former Presidents and other stakeholders to take a break from their rest and work together to rescue Nigeria from imminent civil war. The group which gathered in Abuja to discuss what they described as “pervasive killings, kidnappings, wanton destructions of public assets and general insecurity in Nigeria” said Read More

EFCC recovers over N1bn cash from civil servant

May 20, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, Thursday disclosed that the Anti-graft agency last week recovered over N1 billion cash sitting in one bank account from a Civil Servant. Bawa made the disclosure while appearing before the Senate Committee on Finance, investiating the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR)  and payment of 1 % stamp duty by contractors  Read More

Customs gets approval to buy 427 vehicles, 9 gunboats

April 15, 2021 David Agba with agencies 0

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved N20.11 billion for the purchase of 427 operational vehicles and 9 gunboats for the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS). The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the virtual FEC meeting, presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, at the Read More

Incessant jail breaks: Army to train armed personnel of Correctional Service

April 14, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Following the incessant jail break the country has witnessed in the recent time, the Nigerian Army has accepted to assist the Nigerian Correctional Service in giving refresher training to its armed squad personnel.  This is made known through a statement signed by the service’s spokesman, Francis Enobore, Wednesday in Abuja, that the training was sequel to the increasing spate of Read More

Ramadan: Sultan directs Muslims what do in anticipation of new moon

April 12, 2021 Sidi A. Umar 0

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, Sunday, called on Muslims to lookout for the new moon of Ramadan 1442 A.H. from today, Monday 12th April, 2021. The Sultan, who made the call in a statement issued and made available to Blueprint in Sokoto by the chairman Sultanate council moon sighting committee, Professor Sambo Junaidu, said today being Monday, Read More