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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [16 AUGUST, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 16 August, 2017.

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
More than 70 years after the first atomic bombs were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to effectively bring an end to World War II, the world now teeters on the brink of another potentially catastrophic war. Unless commonsense prevails, the United States is about to launch attacks on North Korea, a [] 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
approves new policy guidelines for contract execution Ifeanyi Onuba and Everest Amaefule, Abuja The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, on Tuesday said that the Federal Government had received a total of 5,000 tips from Nigerians through the whistle-blower policy. She said this in Abuja during a presentation on 'The whistle-blower policy and its implication [] 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
Discos silent on independent metering Okechukwu Nnodim and 'Femi Asu The Federal Government has said that it will not oppose the wishes of electricity consumers that are willing to pay for meters from their distribution companies based on agreement between both parties as endorsed by the power sector regulator. But in April last year, the [] 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday gave an approval to the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, to sign 615 pending land titles for applicants. Fashola disclosed this to State House correspondents after a closed doors meeting he had with Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The minister said [] 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
Ozioma Ubabukoh The Nigerian Communications Commission has commenced a financial health check on major telecommunications operators in the country. The commission's Executive Commissioner, Mr. Sunday Dare, stated this on Tuesday during a corporate governance executive workshop organised by the regulator in Lagos. He said that the NCC embarked on the exercise to find out the [] 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative on Tuesday announced that its ongoing independent audit of the oil and gas industry covering 2015 recorded 94 per cent compliance by companies and relevant government agencies. According to the audit report, while 14 out of the 65 companies that participated in the exercise topped the [] 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
Oyetunji Abioye The naira depreciated against the United States dollar at the parallel market on Tuesday to 370, down from 368/dollar on Monday. The local unit had closed at 367/dollar on Friday. The development followed lack of dollar sale by the Central Bank of Nigeria on Monday. The CBN has been supplying dollar to the [] 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
Unity Bank Plc says it has lined up gifts preparatory to the launch of a reward scheme tagged, Unity Verve for Value Promo. The scheme is packaged to reward old and new cardholders by offering various sets of incentives to deserving active customers who use their Verve debit card on electronic platforms such as the [] 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
The Chairman of the Lagos District Society of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Campbell, says the Federal Government's recently launched Voluntary Asset and Income Declaration Scheme will be more successful with proper accountability on the part of the three tiers of government. Campbell said this when she led the Executive Committee [] 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
The acceptance of The Billion Coin, one of the global digital currencies (cryptocurrencies), has been boosted in Nigeria with the launch of an initiative tagged MoPAS MarketPlace The MoPAS MarketPlace is scheduled to be launched in Lagos on Thursday by Sembic International Limited, a leading local firm. The scheme, according to a statement by the [] 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
The Executive Director, Fate Foundation, Mrs. Adenike Adeyemi, speaks on the impact of the business environment on the Micro Small and Medium-scale Enterprises in this interview with IFE OGUNFUWA What informed the role of Fate Foundation in policymaking' Our aim was to improve the environment where our entrepreneurs and other companies in the country [] 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
Automated Teller Machines are under siege more than ever from skimming. Skimming, where ATM thieves steal your PIN and account number using remote devices, is increasing dramatically. Often done by sophisticated crime rings from the Eastern bloc countries, ATM skimming is becoming a high-tech art that is hard to detect, according to http://www.bankrate.com. That is [] 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
There is a need to embrace technology in Christian leaders' quest for excellence in church administration, the National Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Joseph Obayemi, has said. Obayemi said the church had bought into the 'The Change Begins with Me' campaign of the National Orientation Agency by intensifying efforts to reorient [] 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
Rasheed Bisiriyu Ford Motor Company offers eight tips that will help new car buyers in making the correct car purchase decision. Budget The price tag on the car is only a part of the total cost of ownership. There are many additional costs that catch many first-time buyers off guard. While doing your research and [] 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
Jennifer Abraham jenihuomabraham@yahoo.com 07085535476 Nigeria has been aware of its sugar production potential since the 60s. Despite this, the nation currently produces less than 10 per cent of its sugar requirements. The Central Bank of Nigeria and the Sugar Development Council have been rolling out incentives to encourage investors into the sugar production sector both [] 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
Wema Bank Plc has opened a new branch in Maraba, Nasarawa State. The pioneer of Nigeria's first fully digital bank, ALAT, said it was reinforcing its presence in northern Nigeria with the move. The bank described Maraba as growing rapidly as an economic hub, feeding off the Federal Capital Territory as a result of the [] 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Emirates Group Security has announced plans to bring together leading global experts in aviation security to discuss trends and growth prospects in the sector. The airline said the three-day symposium scheduled for October 8 to 10 in Dubai would be the third edition of the AVSEC annual global event. According to the airline, [] 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Ethiopian Airlines says it has commenced the refurbishment of its Boeing 767-300 ER fleet availed for service on its India, Middle East and Africa destinations. The airline said the airplane had been fitted with brand new full flat-bed seats in Cloud Nine, modern IFE with high resolution 17 inches screen and in-seat power [] 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
Automated Teller Machines are electronic machines, which are operated by a customer himself to deposit or to withdraw cash from bank. For using an ATM, a customer has to obtain an ATM card from his bank. The ATM card is a plastic card, which is magnetically coded. It can be easily read by the machine, [] 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
Stanley Opara The Nigerian stock market recorded a N294bn decline on Tuesday, nearing its lowest level in two weeks. The market was dragged down by losses in banking, cement and fast-moving consumer goods sectors, as some investors took profits from previous gains in the market, traders said. The Nigerian Stock Exchange market capitalisation declined to [] 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
Stanley Opara Guaranty Trust Bank Plc has reported a profit before tax of N101.1bn for the half-year ended June 30, 2017. The lender, listed on the Nigerian and London stock exchanges, reported positive growth across all key financial metrics and improved strategic positioning of the brand. Its gross earnings for the period grew by two [] 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa The Commissioner of Police, Bayelsa State Command, Mr. Asuquo Amba, has urged members of the Police Officers Wives Association to use skills acquired in safety, food and sanitation training workshop to improve the standard of their homes and humanity. Amba made the appeal in Yenagoa while declaring open a three-day workshop at [] 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
Ife Ogunfuwa The International Labour Organisation says the creation of decent jobs for young people will help to prevent conflict, encourage reconstruction, and build resilience in fragile situations. The Director-General, ILO, Guy Ryder, stated that about two billion people were living in countries affected by conflict, violence and fragile situations, pointing out that young women [] 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
Ife Ogunfuwa First Bank of Nigeria Limited has appointed Mr. Tosin Adewuyi as a group executive of the bank and an executive director of its flagship subsidiary, FBNBank United Kingdom Limited. The Group Head, Marketing and Corporate Communications, First Bank, Folake Ani-Mumuney, in a statement on Tuesday, said the appointment was subject to regulatory approvals [] 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Nigeria's airports, especially the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos which is the country's hub, will record between nine per cent and 16 per cent drop in domestic and international flights from August to December this year, a new report has revealed. The report by travel data specialists, ForwardKeys, which analysed seat capacity for [] 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
Feyisayo Popoola The Director of Communications, Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Emeka Oparah, and the Head of Emerging Businesses, Diamond Bank Plc, Mr. Mark Ifashe, have tasked media organisations to encourage the growth of the Small and Medium Enterprises in Nigeria. Speaking at a press conference organised by SME100 Nigeria in Lekki, Lagos, Oparah urged the media [] 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
Author of 'Practical Steps to Financial Independence' and personal finance coach, Usiere Uko, writes about the importance of knowing what you really want Doing more with less is a useful skill to develop if you desire to take control of your finances. There are two types of money problems; not enough money and too much [] 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
Feyisayo Popoola The Institute of Directors Nigeria has formed strategic partnership with the private sector in order to boost its growth. The immediate past President, IoD Nigeria, Mr. Yemi Akeju, said the institute had extended its strategic partnership by consolidating existing relationships with major companies and institutes through direct and indirect channels. These, he said, [] 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
Kings University has organised skills acquisition programme for its students, as part of the plan to raise graduates who will become job creators in the country. According to a statement by the organisers of the training, the programme is expected to empower the students with the required skills to make them self reliant and entrepreneurs [] 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Nigerian Shippers' Council and the Federal Road Safety Corps are planning a centralised database for all trucks and tankers across the country. According to the agencies, the database on the number of trucks and oil tankers in Nigeria will help in tracking and managing the heavy duty vehicles, as well as [] 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
Select leaders of Petroleum Tanker Drivers' branch of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers have travelled to Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, for a training programme on conflict management and resolution. The National Chairman of the PTD, Mr. Salmon Oladiti, said it was the first batch of this year's training for petroleum [] 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry has honoured Custodian and Allied Insurance Limited as the 'Insurance Company of the Year' at its recent annual award ceremony held in Lagos. The Managing Director, Custodian Life Assurance Limited, Mr. Larry Ademeso, who received the award on behalf of the company, thanked the council and management of [] 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
Nike Popoola FBN General Insurance Limited has appointed Babatunde Mimiko as an executive director. A statement quoted the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, FBN General Insurance, Bode Opadokun, as saying, 'Mimiko brings on board a sterling 18-year career across the financial services industry including a short stint in banking. He is no doubt an ideal fit [] 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
In line with its dedication to workforce development and talent management, VFD Group has announced the opening of its 2017 Executive Management Trainee Programme. According to a statement by the organisation, the programme is a 12-week intensive training which includes assessment tests, case studies, business scenarios and rotational attachments. It said successful participants would be [] 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
Nike Popoola Law Union & Rock Insurance Plc's gross premium written rose by 17 per cent to N2.76bn in the 2016 financial period, from N2.37bn in 2015 In a statement, its Managing Director, Mr. Jide Orimolade, said the firm was able to record good result due to strategic measures used to penetrate the insurance market. [] 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
TanaAiyejina Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has expressed optimism over the return of Lille goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama to the national team but ruled him out of the crucial 2018 World Cup double-header against African champions Cameroon, scheduled for September 1 and 5 in Uyo and Yaound respectively. Enyeama, Nigeria's most capped player, quit international football [] 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
Tiger Woods had five drugs, including the opioid painkiller hydrocodone, in his system when he was arrested in May on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to a toxicology report released Monday AFP reports. A urine test revealed four other medications along with hydrocodone ' which is sold under the brand name Vicodin. Also [] 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets reiterated his call for the club's board to strengthen in the transfer market on Tuesday, but warned replacing the departed Neymar will be almost impossible, AFP reports. The Brazilian's absence was noticeable as Barca fell to a 3-1 Spanish Super Cup, first leg defeat at home to Real Madrid in the [] 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
Tennis star Venus Williams' fashion brand, EleVen By Venus Williams, has collaborated with leading West Africa creative talent agency, Temple Management Company, as it expands its retail business to Africa. Founded in 2012 by the American-born tennis icon, EleVen looks to break new boundaries in its latest international brand expansion, after successes in other parts [] 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
Organisers have announced that clubs in this year's AITEO Cup competition would share the proceeds from the turnstiles, after the host Football Association would have deducted 20 per cent of the gate revenue for organisation and logistics. Deputy Chairman, Organising Committee, AITEO Cup, Shehu Dikko told thenff.com, 'Once the amount of gate revenue is known, [] 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
The U-15 national team, Future Eagles, will on Wednesday and Thursday play two international friendly matches against their Moroccan counterparts in Rabat, Morocco. Both teams will slug it out at the National Football Centre, Rabat, starting from 4pm on Wednesday, and again clash at the same venue on Thursday from mid-day. The U-15 squad and [] 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
Lekan Sote lekansote@yahoo.com 08050220816 After a coalition of civil society groups led by maverick Charles 'Charly Boy' Oputa demanded President Muhammadu Buhari's resignation or return from his medical tourism matters have got to a head. Nigerians are worried sick about President Buhari's sickness. Sounds like tautology' People want to know what is exactly wrong with [] 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
Michael West The recently resolved protracted leadership crisis that rocked the People's Democratic Party for more than a year was understandable. Nobody will throw stones at fruitless trees. Because of the comparative advantages of the erstwhile 'largest party in Africa' over and above other parties, including the ruling All Progressives Congress, the PDP has passed [] 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
Uchenna Uwaleke uchejoe1@yahoo.com In an apparent move to ease the country's huge debt service burden following the rising cost of servicing domestic debt, the Federal Government plans to refinance $3bn worth of naira-denominated short-term Treasury bills with dollar borrowing of up to three years' maturity. According to the Finance Minister, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, who made [] 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
Jide Ojo jideojong@yahoo.com 08077787701 On Tuesday, August 8, 2017, Kenya held its sixth general elections since the return to multi-party democracy in 1991. Declaring the result of the presidential election last Friday in its Nairobi headquarters, the chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission of Kenya, the country's electoral management body, Wafula W. Chebukati, [] 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
Ikhide R. Ikheloa The legacy of Nigerian leaders will be to prove through corruption and incompetence, that a free and appropriate public education is a myth. It is a shame that no one on either side seems to give a tinker's cuss about this. Our leaders have lost the plot. Elsewhere, real leaders are dreaming [] 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
In case you missed it, last Thursday, the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, announced the Federal Government's new initiative to 'restructure' the country's soaring debt profile by issuing dollar-backed Treasury bills. This, she says, is principally due to the high cost of borrowing in naira (18 per cent), and the corresponding low cost of [] 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
Afeez Hanafi A 58-year-old farmer, Chris Onwubuke, has been allegedly compelled to part with N100,000 after he was wrongly arrested and detained by operatives of the Special Anti-robbery Squad, Lagos State Command. PUNCH Metro learnt that the police unit was looking for one Chukwudi, popularly called Baba Ejima, for a fraud case involving him and [] 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
Femi Makinde, Osogbo Residents of Ijebu-Jesa, the headquarters of the Oriade Local Government Area of Osun State, on Tuesday trooped out to protest against the power outage in some parts of the community for one year. Armed with placards with various inscriptions, the residents stormed the office of the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company in the [] 
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