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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: Today's The Punch Newspaper Headlines [23 June, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 23 June, 2017.

Fri, 23 Jun 2017
The Minister Budget and National Planning, Sen. Udoma Udo Udoma, says the Federal Government is considering providing special intervention funds for victims of human trafficking in the 2018 budget. Udoma said this when he received the Director-General of National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, Ms Julie Donli, on Thursday in Abuja. The [] 

Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Once again, Nigeria is on a binge borrowing to another national debt crisis. According to the Debt Management Office, Nigeria's total debt stock increased to $62.87 billion (N19.15 trillion) at the end of first quarter 2017, from $57.39 billion (N17.36 trillion) at the end of last year. While the external debt rose from $11.40 billion [] 

Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Federal Government on Thursday said it would mobilise the sum of N2.5bn annually as equity investment through qualified fund managers for Small and Medium Enterprises under the Youth With Innovation Entrepreneurship programme. The development was confirmed in a statement by the Ministry of Finance and signed by the Director of Information [] 

Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Anna Okon Manufacturers who rely on imported raw materials for their factory processes have had to contend with rising freight and demurrage costs. According to them, the costs have tripled in the last one month owing to the heavy traffic gridlock along the access road to the country major seaport in Lagos. To address the [] 

Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Femi Makinde, Osogbo The newly resuscitated Osun State Cocoa Processing Industry in Ede has started processing cocoa in line with the industrialisation plan of the current administration in the state. The company, which was inaugurated on October 17, 1982, had stopped production in 2001 due to obsolete equipment and management issues. The Commissioner for Industries, [] 

Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Anna Okon An expert at the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture, Mr. Kenton Dashiell, says low plant yield and poor agronomy practice is responsible for the poor status of most cassava farmers in Nigeria. Dashiell, who is the Deputy Director-General, Partnership for Delivery at the institute, stated this during a courtesy visit to the head [] 

Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Femi Asu The Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company on Thursday stated that it would spend a total of N5bn to audit its assets and enumerate customers on its network, as part of measures to provide better services. Following the privatisation of the nation's electricity and distribution companies in November 2013, the core investors in the firms [] 

Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Everest Amaefule, Abuja More than two years after the present administration assumed power, the Federal Government finally reconstituted the National Council on Privatisation on Thursday in Abuja. Speaking at the inauguration, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo said the council had since inception handled the privatisation and reformation of 142 public enterprises. The Head of Public Communications, [] 

Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja A total of 72 metric tonnes of yam will leave the shores of Nigeria for United Kingdom and the United States of America next week, the Federal Government has said. It stated that the commencement of the raw food exportation from Nigeria would be done through the Apapa Port in Lagos next [] 

Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has urged property owners who subscribed to the state's Homeowners' Charter to expose any corrupt officials demanding extra money outside the stipulated official charges for their Certificates of Occupancy and other title documents. The PUNCH had exclusively reported on Monday that the scheme had been characterised [] 

Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Federal Government on Thursday announced that it had commenced the electrification of 37 federal universities and seven teaching hospitals using off-grid captive power plants. It said the first phase of the Energising Education Programme started with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Rural Electrification Agency and eight federal [] 

Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Anna Okon The Lagos State Government has promised to grant prospective investors complete tax holiday from federal, state and local government taxes, rates customs duties and levies. The state's Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, Mr. Rotimi Ogunleye, stated this on Thursday during the inaugural edition of the Business Consultative Forum with City and Bilateral [] 

Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Nike Popoola Venatius Nigeria Limited says using local materials in the production of laboratory equipment will enhance the Federal Government's quest to provide adequate support for local firms to thrive. The Chairman of the company, Chief. Iheanacho Nwaokorie, said this while emphasising the company's commitment to providing laboratory equipment to support organisations from different sectors. [] 

Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta The Ogun State Government says it has taken delivery of 20,000 tonnes of fertilizer meant to boost food production across the state from the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration. The state's Commissioner for Agriculture, Mrs. Adepeju Adebajo, said this on Monday during the inauguration of the sales of the fertilisers to farmers at [] 

Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Anna Okon The Nigerian Breweries Plc has announced plans to achieve a 60 per cent local material sourcing by 2018. According to the brewer, this move is aimed at looking inwards for alternative raw materials which the country spends hard-earned foreign exchange importing. The Manager, Corporate Communications, NB Plc, Mr. Patrick Olowokere, stated this during [] 

Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Etim Ekpimah, Uyo The Akwa Ibom State Government has spent N3.3bn to procure 30,000 metric tonnes of fertilizers from the Federal Government, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Uduak Udo-Inyang, has said. He explained that the state government was determined to end food shortages by exploring different areas of agricultural endeavours to arrest the challenge. The [] 

Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Anna Okon Logistics, oil and gas conglomerate, SIFAX Group, says lack of critical infrastructure may hinder the success of the Federal Government's drive at improving the ease of doing business in the country. The Group Executive Vice-Chairman, SIFAX Group, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, said this in a statement made available to our correspondent on Friday. He [] 

Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Akinpelu Dada and Ozioma Ubabukoh The controversies surrounding Etisalat Nigeria's indebtedness to a consortium of 13 banks deepened on Thursday with the telecoms firm insisting that it had repaid about 42 per cent of the $1.2bn loan, while some of the banks involved in the transaction maintained that it had 'only paid $58.9m.' Sources privy [] 

Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Femi Asu with agency report Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, the largest construction company in Nigeria by market value, plans to acquire oil assets and expand into the power industry as it seeks to diversify its business and stay competitive after the country's worst economic slump in decades. Bloomberg quoted the company's managingadirector, Wolfgang Goetsch, as [] 

Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has finally offset its indebtedness of N450bn to the Federation Account. The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Finance, Mahmoud Isa-Dutse, confirmed the development at a media briefing shortly after the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee meeting in Abuja on Thursday. The N450bn indebtedness has been a subject of [] 

Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Babatunde Fajimi Entrepreneurs should invest in themselves and be prepared to find the right information to leverage on support channels capable of translating their dream business ideas into reality. This is the path to credible start-up initiative and sustainable enterprise growth. Shoulders of giants The road to self employment is lonely and risky. Entrepreneurs do [] 

Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Online banking, by computer or phone, is now as common a way to access your accounts as stopping at an Automated Teller Machine, with many bank depositors making it a habit, according to www.nerdwallet.com. But you know who else loves online banking' Hackers. After all, it is easier to steal someone's money from far away [] 

Fri, 23 Jun 2017
One of the features most banks are offering these days is the option to enroll in online banking. Whenever you are faced with a new financial product that you are unfamiliar with, it is best to first learn the basics so that you understand how it works and what benefits it offers. The basics of [] 

Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Conoil Plc has declared a profit after tax of N2.84bn for 2016, up from N2.3bn the previous year. The company said in a statement that its financial performance showed persistent resilience amid challenging economic conditions in the country, with growth across all key financial indices. Its revenue increased from N82.9bn to N85.02bn, while profit before [] 

Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Femi Asu The market capitalisation of listed equities on the Nigerian Stock Exchange fell further on Thursday as 45 firms, including 15 banks, recorded price decline. The NSE All-Share Index fell by 1.64 per cent to close at 32,928.44 basis points, while the market capitalisation dropped to N11.386tn from N11.576tn. With the dip on Thursday, [] 

Fri, 23 Jun 2017
The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation has completed the refund of N450bn to the federation account, to be shared among the federal, states and local governments. The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Mr Mahmoud Isa-Dutse, made the statement on Thursday in Abuja at the monthly meeting of Federal Accounts Allocation Committee. Isa-Dutse, who represented the Minister [] 

Fri, 23 Jun 2017
The Petitions and Appeals Committee for the June 13 national sports federation elections has said it has so far received 20 petitions from 11 federations. The Director of Information of the sports ministry Tolu Makinde told the News Agency of Nigeria that six of them were from the Athletic Federation of Nigeria. Makinde listed the [] 

Fri, 23 Jun 2017
ANTHONY JOSHUA can rule the heavyweight division for an age, according to one of the hardest fighters in boxing Dereck Chisora, The Sun reports. Del Boy, who has shared a ring twice with Tyson Fury and once with Wladimir Klitschko, believes AJ has what it takes to dominate the division. The 33-year-old backs the British [] 

Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Former German tennis star Boris Becker said he was 'surprised and disappointed' after being declared bankrupt by a court in London on Wednesday for failing to pay a 'substantial' long-standing debt, AFP reports. Lawyers for the three-time former Wimbledon champion pleaded with a Bankruptcy Court registrar to allow Becker a 'last chance' to pay off [] 

Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Former Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama has welcomed the signing of Burkina Faso international Herve Koffi by the French Ligue 1 side Lille. Koffi, 20, left Ivorian giants ASEC Mimosas and penned a long-term contract with the three-time French champions on Wednesday. Enyeama, who joined Lille in June 2011 and has made 164 appearances, said he [] 

Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Lagos side Dolphins on Thursday overpowered Sunshine Angels of Akure 86 to 58 in their first game in the third phase of the Zenith Bank Women's Basketball League in Asaba. In other fixtures, Lagos side First Deepwater beat Plateau Rocks 68-62, while IGP Queens defeated FCT Angels 61-57. GT 2000 beat AHIP Queens 61-53. Dolphins [] 

Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Festus Abu Super Eagles forward Kelechi Iheanacho has reportedly come under increasing pressure from Leicester City who are doing everything within their power to lure him away from Premier League giants Manchester City during the summer transfer market. The 20-year-old, whose contract at the Etihad side expires in 2021, struggled for playing time last season [] 

Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Australia captain Mark Milligan converted a second-half penalty in Thursday's 1-1 draw with Cameroon in Saint Petersburg that left both teams heading for an early Confederations Cup exit, AFP reports. Cameroon midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa scored with a superb flick on the stroke of half-time, but Milligan slotted home a spot-kick on 60 minutes as [] 

Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Players and match officials of the Nigeria Professional Football League are to wear black arm bands in honour of former Nigeria defender Kelechi Emeteole, who passed away in India on Wednesday after a long battle with throat cancer. The League Management Company chairman Shehu Dikko expressed grief over the death of Emeteole, who was popularly [] 

Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Arsenals Alexis Sanchez became Chiles all-time top-scorer with his 38th international goal in Thursdays 1-1 draw with Germany at the Confederations Cup. The Gunners star, voted man of the match, wrote himself into the record books by capitalising on an early mistake in the German defence. However, Lars Stindl netted his second goal of the [] 

Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Liverpool on Thursday completed the signing of Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah from AS Roma for a fee reported to be 39 million euros ($43.5 million). The 25-year-old agreed a five-year contract with the Premier League giants. Salah, who has also played for Basel, Chelsea and Fiorentina, has been capped 52 times, scoring 29 international goals. [] 

Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Musibau Tunde Akanni To many of us who worked with him, Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin, immediate past Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) was 'Baba' as he strove to maintain a consistent father figure. Getting to office early was a routine for him, so you didn't need anyone to remind you if your [] 

Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Tunji Ajibade That there was a deliberate effort to obscure a simple story line was the last I stated last Friday about Bushra al-Fadil's 'The Story of the Girl Whose Birds Flew Away'. Did al-Fadil's attempt to add the mysterious to his entry for the 2017 Caine Prize for African Writing work' Did this add [] 

Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Every time that we come to church, we are told about giving. But we need to talk far more about honesty' -Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, speaking on Father's Day, June 18, 2017. Theodore Roosevelt, a former president of the United States, it was, who referred to his office in the White House as 'bully pulpit'. [] 

Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Fola Ojo According to a popular Bible story, once upon a time, King Pharaoh of Egypt played host to a people from a far land. One of the foreigners was the second in command. Overtime, the visitors grew in strength and number. Egyptians hated and despised the growth. They later made the settlers and dwellers [] 

Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Anthony Akinola Those 'wise ones', who had authoritatively 'decreed' the disintegration of Nigeria, must be laughing quietly at current developments: the banter of insults between ethnic nationalities. The disintegration of Nigeria is what they are wishing for, the collapse of the possibility of a predominantly black nation ranking among the important nations of the world. [] 

Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Lagos deploys safety corps officials Afeez Hanafi Following the threat by kidnappers to abduct pupils of the Lagos State Model College, Kankon, Badagry, some parents stormed the school on Thursday to pick their children. It was learnt that the parents insisted on going home with their wards despite the fact that the state government had [] 

Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Samson Folarin The Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment has taken over mediation in the case of an alleged assault on a worker of Bedmate Furniture Company, Magboro, William Ekanem, by his Chinese boss, Master Wan. PUNCH Metro also learnt on Thursday that the ministry called for a meeting with all the parties involved in [] 

Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Afeez Hanafi A policewoman attached to the Lagos State Police Command, Sergeant Victoria Umechuruba, has prevented a barman from collecting part of N557,750 debt allegedly owed him by one of his customers. The policewoman blamed the barman, Ademola Ogunbona, for the earlier publication of the issue in The PUNCH, saying he would not get the [] 

Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Samson Folarin A Lagos State Magistrate's Court sitting at Ebute-Meta has ordered the remand of two men, Adedoyin Oyekanmi, 23; and Erinmole Adetokunbo, 26; for allegedly beheading a seven-year-old boy, Kazeem Rabiu. The magistrate, Mrs. O.A. Fowowe-Erusiafe, said the two defendants should be remanded in custody pending the release of legal advice from the Directorate [] 

Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Mudiaga Affe, Calabar No fewer than eight persons have been reportedly killed following a communal clash between Uyanga and Ojor communities in the Akamkpa Local Government Area of Cross River State. Although the reason for the hostility could not be ascertained as of press time, it was learnt on Thursday that the fight which started [] 

Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri The police in Imo State on Thursday reunited a 10-month-old baby, Tochukwu Peter, who was stolen and sold for N650,000, to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Okechukwu Peter. Three suspects ' Ogechi Chukwuocha, 42; Calista Igwe, 38; and Chimezie, 32 ' were also paraded for their roles in the abduction of the [] 

Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Falz the Bad Guy has stirred some controversy after his advice to fellow singers, to stop praising Yahoo Boys, a parlance for internet fraudsters. Falz spoke in an interview on Oak TV, that hailing the Yahoo Boys amounts to glorification of what is wrong in society and urged artists to desist from doing so for [] 
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