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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [26 JULY, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 26 July, 2017.

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt The RIVERS State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, said on Tuesday that the bad governance of the All Progressives Congress had left Nigeria terribly divided. Wike, who stated that the country needed people who would promote peace through quality leadership, added that Nigeria was currently bedevilled by myriad of problems. The governor [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
John Ameh, Abuja The House of Representatives has proposed tougher measures against money laundering, including a prison term of seven years and a fine of 'not less than N50m.' Findings by The PUNCH on Monday showed that two anti-money laundering bills before the House had been consolidated and referred to the crucial committee stage. A [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Rasheed Bisiriyu and Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe The All Progressives Congress, Lagos State Chapter, has described the party's victory at Saturday's local government poll as overwhelming and well-deserved. Also, the National Union of Road Transport Workers has expressed satisfaction with the conduct of last Saturday's local government election and commended its members for behaving well throughout the [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
THE wrenching controversy over the new basic education curriculum is mercifully winding down, but the passions ignited are still reverberating. From the start to its seeming conclusion, it reveals the prevalent lack of rigour by policymakers and leaders and the sectarian fault lines in the polity. Now that some sanity has been breathed into the [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Federal Government on Tuesday announced that two communities in Kaduna State recently recorded two straight years of uninterrupted supply of electricity. It said the Gnami and Pakau communities enjoyed uninterrupted power from the 90-kilowatt Solar PV off-grid system installed in the areas, as the villages were far from the reach of [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Everest Amaefule with agency report 9mobile, the mobile operator formerly known as Etisalat Nigeria, has appointed Citigroup and Standard Bank to find an investor to buy into the firm, with three companies already showing interest, a banking source close to the deal said on Tuesday. India's Bharti Airtel, which already has a presence in Nigeria, [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Ozioma Ubabukoh Telecommunications companies in the country on Monday said raised the alarm that they were losing billions of naira in revenue annually to masked calls and blamed the Nigerian Communications Commission for encouraging the act. Masked calls happen when international calling numbers (Caller Line Identity) are masked as local number traffic. It is a [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja A bill seeking to allow the re-registration and conversion of the Nigerian Stock Exchange from a company limited by guarantee to a public limited company by shares passed the second reading at the Senate on Tuesday. Sponsor of the bill, otherwise called the De-mutualisation Bill, Senator Foster Ogola, said the NSE as [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Nigerian Mortgage Refinancing Company has signed an agreement with the Ogun State Property Investment Corporation, Imperial Homes, TrustBond and Homebase Mortgage Bank for the construction of affordable houses for Nigerians. The agreement, which was consummated in Abuja, is part of measures aimed at stimulating housing development in the country. Speaking at [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
MPC retains key rates Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria on Tuesday warned that the economy might relapse into protracted recession if bold monetary and fiscal policies were not activated immediately to sustain the programmes of the Federal Government. The committee stated that available forecasts of key macroeconomic [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Rasheed Bisiriyu The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency has said it will soon deploy new Instrument Landing Systems in the nation's airports to replace obsolete facilities. To address communication challenges between pilots and air traffic controllers due to blind spots in the airspace, NAMA said on Tuesday that it had started extending the VHF coverage mostly [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Ozioma Ubabukoh The Federal Government on Tuesday said that it had resolved to reduce taxes payable by telecommunications operators in order to enable them to expand their services to the hinterland. It stated this through the Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, at the 2017 Information Communications Technology and Telecommunication Expo in Lagos, which was [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Anna Okon The Eleyele Cashew Nuts Factory, situated in Ibadan, Oyo State, is to restart production after lying dormant for 17 years. This was contained in a statement issued by the United States-Africa Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture Incorporation on Tuesday. The statement noted that the USACCIMAI would resuscitate the factory using complete [] 

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Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Federation Accounts Allocation Committee on Tuesday shared the sum of N652.2bn as statutory allocations to the three tiers of government for the month of June. The amount is made up of revenues generated from oil and non-oil sources that were paid into the Federation Account. Addressing journalists shortly after a meeting [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, CRC Credit Bureau, a Central Bank of Nigeria-licensed credit score reporting company, Mr. Tunde Popoola, speaks about the banking sector and the rising non-performing loans in this interview with OYETUNJI ABIOYE How would you assess the consumer lending landscape in Nigeria overtime' Since the advent of credit bureaus, some Nigerian [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Arinze Onebunne info@jovanafarm.com 08033262808 Some people have attempted to write off tilapia farming in Nigeria, saying that no other tilapia specie is worth growing apart from Nile tilapia here. However, a closer examination of the facts reveals that the reason for the failure of tilapia farming in Nigeria is much more complex ' yet not [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Ife Ogunfuwa The Ministry of Labour and Employment has expressed interest in working with the Nigerian Society of Engineers on the inspection of workplaces across the country. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, made this known during a working visit by members of the NSE led by its President, Otis Anyaeji. Ngige [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Ife Ogunfuwa The UNIC Foundation, a non-governmental organisation focused on youth, women and children empowerment, has called on the Federal Government to pay special attention to unemployment. While expressing concern over the alarming rate of unemployment in the country at a press conference in Lagos, the President, UNIC Foundation, Dr. Christopher Imumolen, said the population [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Nike Popoola Personalbanking@punchng.com A personal loan seems like a great way of obtaining the much-needed cash when you are in a tough financial situation, according to http://comparisons org. The process is fairly straightforward and, as long as you make your monthly payments on time, everything is going to be fine. What happens, though, when you [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Rasheed Bisiriyu The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, said on Tuesday that the corps would prosecute wife of the Speaker, Abia State House of Assembly, Mrs. Victoria Kalu, for alleged traffic offence and ordering the shooting of some road marshals. Oyeyemi, who said at least four different assaults were visited on [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Ife Ogunfuwa The Federal Government has designed a performance management system for its workers for effective service delivery. The initiative, which aims to entrench accountability for resource utilisation and results delivered, is driven by the office of the Head of Service of the Federation, Federal Civil Service Commission and Ministry of Budget and National Planning, [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Stanley Opara The Securities and Exchange Commission has warned all capital market operators and public liability companies to comply with the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (latest March 31, 2018) or get sanctioned. The commission urged them to comply with the Executive Order No. 004 (VAIDS), signed by the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Personal loans are one of many types of loans you can borrow from a bank. These loans are typically general-purpose loans that you can use at your discretion for things like consolidating debt or paying for an unexpected expense or small home-improvement project. Personal loans are often more difficult to get and have strict qualification [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
A civil servant, Mr. Polycarp Anyanwu, has won the star prize in the just concluded MMA2 @ 10 Fly and Win promo. The prize, a Kia Rio saloon car, is a product of a partnership between Dana Motors/Dana Air and Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited, a member of the Resort Group and operators of the Murtala [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Ife Ogunfuwa The Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Stock Exchange, Mr. Oscar Onyema, has advised independent directors to investigate the corporate governance practices of organisations before joining their boards. Speaking at the launch of the Institute of Directors, Nigeria's Independent Directors' Register in Lagos, Onyema pointed out that the volume of related party transactions and presence [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Rasheed Bisiriyu Toyota Nigeria Limited has again confirmed its leadership of the nation's auto industry with the firm emerging as the Outstanding Auto Brand of the Year at the Marketing Edge Awards. The award held in Lagos, according to a statement by the TNL, is another testimony of the superior quality of the brand and [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Rasheed Bisiriyu There are indications that more indigenous engineers and other experts will be involved in ongoing and future road and railway projects in Nigeria. This hint was given by the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu and his Transportation counterpart, Rotimi Amaechi, in Lagos as they urged those in charge of such projects to [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Author of 'Practical Steps to Financial Independence' and personal finance coach, Usiere Uko, writes about having control over when to enter and exit an investment The only constant thing in life is change. Everything that has a beginning has an end. If you don't have control over how you enter and exit an investment, you [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Ife Ogunfuwa The Director-General, West African Institute of Financial and Economic Management, Prof. Akpan Ekpo, has said that timing is a major challenge facing the implementation of economic policies in Nigeria. He said this at the 2017 Distinguished Management Lecture of the Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered) in Lagos. While speaking on the theme: 'Overcoming [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Tana Aiyejina Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe has attracted some of the biggest sides in world football in the last few weeks, making the 18-year-old football's most courted teenager. The striker took Europe by storm last season, scoring 26 goals in all competitions in his first full season at senior club level. Mbappe is one of [] 

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Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Eddie Hearn says that November 11 in Las Vegas is the date and location pencilled in for the rematch between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko. Hearn revealed last month that Las Vegas was the preferred option, despite interest in Dubai, Nigeria and Cardiff, and it now looks all but certain that the second fight will [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
The industrial action by the workers of the Corporate Affairs Commission has been shelved as the leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress and Ministry of Labour and Employment has agreed to discuss the issue in contention. A statement by the ministry's Deputy Director, Press, Samuel Olowookere, on Tuesday stated that the workers were expected to [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Guinness Nigeria Plc says the net proceeds of its N40bn rights issue will be used to repay a significant portion of its related party loan and some of its other outstanding obligations to financial institutions. The management of the company said this on Tuesday when it presented a detailed breakdown of the plan to raise [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Action continued in the Zenith Women's Basketball League Final 8 at the National Stadium in Lagos on Tuesday with IGP Queens defeating Plateau Rocks 59-37. First Bank beat First Deepwater 91-74 while Nigeria Customs outscored GT2000 46-40. Dolphins beat Delta Force 85-67. Defending champions First Bank will open Day Three of the final Phase on [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Mudiaga Affe, Calabar Members of the Senate Committee on Works have lamented the poor funding of the ongoing emergency repairs on the Calabar-Ikom-Ogoja road, saying the situation has hampered the rehabilitation work. The Vice Chairman of the committee, Senator Clifford Ordia, stated this when he led other senators on inspection of federal roads in Cross [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Festus Abu The Athletics Federation of Nigeria on Tuesday named 12 athletes for the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships in London with the squad headed by United States-based duo Blessing Okagbare and Tobiloba Amusan. Missing from the list are sprinters Divine Oduduru and Ogho-Oghene Egwero. The competition, where Jamaican sprinting legend Usain Bolt is scheduled [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Stanley Opara In a bid to improve profitability while focusing on its strategic objective of rewarding shareholders, Access Bank Plc says it remains committed to growing shareholders' wealth. The bank, which has already recorded a price appreciation of 65 per cent on its stocks this year, said this in a report. The bank said it [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
The 2017 NCC Tennis League has been scheduled to begin at the National Stadium in Lagos on Thursday with playoffs involving three teams vying to take the 12th spot in the main event. The teams are Team Anambra (Onitsha), Team Oluyole (Ibadan) and Team Police College (Ikeja). They dropped into the playoffs based on their [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Ife Ogunfuwa The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria is set to examine the changing business environment driven by the ease of doing business policy of the Federal Government. The institute, in a statement on Tuesday, said that the discussion at its 2017 Public Practice Day would bring practical recommendations on how to [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
The League Management Company on Tuesday suspended six match officials adjudged to have fallen below the standards that it expected of then in the Nigeria Football Professional League. According to the domestic league's governing body, the referees will not referee any games for the rest of the season. 'Following a review of performances of match [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
The Chairman, Heirs Holdings and Founder, Tony Elumelu Foundation, Mr. Tony Elumelu, has called on African leaders and development institutions to help address the deepening job and employment crisis bedevilling the continent by lending support and paying more attention to the agricultural sector, creating access to electricity and developing entrepreneurship. Elumelu, who said this while [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Stanley Opara Fidson Healthcare Plc says its N6bn capital raising recently approved by shareholders will aid the expansion of its production capacity. Shareholders have approved the capital raise at the firm's 18th Annual General Meeting held in Lagos for the purpose of enhancing business operation. The company's audited accounts for the year ended December 31, [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
MediaReach OMD has been named the Media Network of the Year at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity 2017 in recognition of its role in the industry. The Executive Director, mediaReach OMD Nigeria, Mr. Alaba Fadero, in a statement on Tuesday attributed the success of the firm at the festival to its commitment to innovation [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Anthony Akinola When Gen. Yakubu Gowon was asked what he thought was the solution to the crisis situation in the 1960s, he replied rather crisply that it was in Willink. The Willink Commission whose recommendations were published in 1958 had made a series of recommendations aimed at correcting the imbalance in the Nigerian federal structure. [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Lekan Sote lekansote@yahoo.com 08050220816 You may need to take a look at the economics of currency devaluation before looking at the politics: In theory, goods imported from a country whose currency is stronger than yours are usually more expensive than goods manufactured in your country. This import substitution red herring is used by the International [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Jide Ojo jideojong@yahoo.com 08077787701 The rains are here and in torrents! We are indeed at the peak period of the rainy season. There is now widespread flooding across many states. This newspaper on Monday, July 24, 2017 published pictures of flooding in states like Rivers, Delta, Lagos, and Ogun. In Niger State, about 25 persons [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Many residents were trapped on Tuesday after a four-storeyed building on Massey Street, Lagos Island, collapsed. It was said that a telecommunications mast was mounted on the dilapidated building two weeks ago, which allegedly further weakened the structure. PUNCH Metro gathered that as of 8pm on Tuesday, 16 persons had been rescued from the rubble [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Samson Folarin There was confusion at an Akure Chief Magistrate's Court in Ondo State after the police arraigned a local government worker, Mercy Oluwafeyibunmi, for alleged perjury. The Chief Magistrate, Ayodeji Akinsanya, asked the mother of three for her name, which she stated as Mercy Adetokunbo Oluwafeyibunmi. Akinsanya, however, observed that the name she gave [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Gbenga Odogun, Lokoja Family members of a pregnant woman and mother of six, Mrs. Asabe Obaje, who was murdered at Odogomu, in the Ankpa Local Government Area of Kogi State, have demanded that her killers be brought to justice. A spokesman for the family, Mr. Paul Obaje, said the woman was returning from Odogomu to [] 

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