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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [21 AUGUST, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 21 August, 2017.

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
Figures for this year's Value Added Tax recently released by the government have once again exposed the contradictions in the Nigerian federation, where states that produce the wealth that sustains the country are hardly appreciated. Just as is the case with the country's oil resources, the VAT figures reveal a warped system where some areas [] 

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
Tony Okafor, Awka Three Peoples Democratic Party governors arrived in Anambra State on Sunday night for the state congress slated for Monday (today). The congress is a build-up to the November 18 governorship poll in the state. The governors are Nyesom Wike, Ayo Fayose and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Rivers, Ekiti and Enugu states respectively. The [] 

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress on Sunday disagreed on the clamour by Nigerians for the restructuring of the country. While the PDP expressed its support for restructuring, the APC accused the former ruling party of stealing its idea. The PDP, in a statement by its spokesman, Prince Dayo [] 

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa The Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party, Bayelsa State, Cleopas Moses, has warned that the party will resist the ploy by 'anti-democratic forces' to hijack the party structure in the state and impose candidates of their choice. Moses spoke at a news conference in Yenagoa on Saturday after the party's State Executive Committee meeting. [] 

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
The Peoples Democratic Party is in support of restructuring of the country in a manner that will boost the growth, development and prosperity of Nigeria. Dayo Adeyeye, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP National Caretaker Committee, made the clarification in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja. Adeyeye said the clarification became necessary following [] 

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
No fewer than 700 Bureau De Change operators have come under threat as purported uncompetitive exchange rate continues to hit their bottom line. The President, Association of Bureaux De Change Operators of Nigeria, Alhaji Aminu Gwadabe, said the development had rendered the BDCs inactive at the Central Bank of Nigeria foreign exchange window. This, he [] 

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
Oyetunji Abioye The naira closed at 370 per United States dollar at the parallel market on Friday, reversing the modest gain it recorded on Thursday. The local unit had closed at 368/dollar on Thursday after closing at 370/dollar for most part of last week. Analysts had warned that the naira would weaken against the greenback [] 

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi South Energyx Nigeria Limited, developers of Eko Atlantic City and real estate investment firm, Fine and Country, as well as other stakeholders are partnering to woo investors to Nigeria's real estate market. The Vice-Chairman of South Energyx Nigeria Limited, Mr. Ronald Chagoury Jr, said the Refined Investors Series 2017 scheduled to take place [] 

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
Nike Popoola Personalbanking@punchng.com As a busy person, you want your clients to pay on time, every time. But late payments do happen, and can count and have a serious impact'on your firm's cash flow situation, not to mention wasting hours of credit control time chasing up those late-paying customers, according to www.accountingweb.co.uk. For many firms, [] 

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
Countries such as Nigeria whose economies are based on the exportation of commodities are subject to vagaries of international commodities market. EVEREST AMAEFULE reports that apart from low value addition to exported commodities, Nigeria spends a fortune on the importation of raw materials into the country Although Nigeria and many of the African countries are [] 

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
Kunle Adeyeri Volatility in forex trading is a large movement in the market resulting in a spike. The range which is the difference between the low and the high becomes high. Volatility can either be in the upward or downward direction. Volatility brings a lot of profit or loss depending on the trader's [] 

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan The Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Saturday announced the introduction of the Electronic Certificate of Occupancy, thereby ditching the use the paper-based Certificate of Occupancy. During the official launch of the enumeration and assessment of properties in the state, the governor also announced the Homeowners Charter Policy, which would enable homeowners [] 

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
Direct debits can help you organise your finances. Make sure you understand how they work and what to do if you want to cancel them, according to www.moneysmart.gov.au. When you set up a direct debit, you are allowing a service provider, such as your private health insurer or your gym, to automatically withdraw money from [] 

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The President of the Nigerian Institute of Architects, Mr. Tonye Braide, has called on the government to audit the activities of all building regulatory agencies in the countries, following the rising cases of building collapse. According to him, each building that crumbles to the ground is a statement of the failure of the [] 

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The federal, state and local governments shared N2.788tn between January and June this year, representing a 38 per cent increase over the N2.019tn shared in the first half of 2016. According to the Quarterly Review of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, which focused on disbursements from the Federation Accounts and Allocation [] 

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
Peter Dada, Akure The Ondo State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, has called on the Federal Government to assist the state in the area of provision of potable water for the people of the state. Akeredolu confirmed that the state was facing challenges of drinkable water following the moribund state of the dams supplying water to [] 

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
Mudiaga Affe, Calabar Traders under the aegis of Henshaw Town Beach Market Traders' Union on Saturday shut down the popular Marina Beach Market in Calabar, Cross River State over an alleged imposition of high levies by government agents. The aggrieved traders, protesting against the introduction of waterfront regulatory economic levies which ranged from N200 to [] 

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Lagos State Government, through the Office of Civic Engagement, has commenced a programme to enlighten residents on the provision of its new environmental management and protection law. The Special Adviser to the Governor on Civic Engagement, Mr. Kehinde Joseph, at an enlightenment programme held in Ojo Local Government recently, said the Governor, [] 

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
Success Nwogu, Ilorin The Zonal Coordinator, North Central 'A' Zone, National Health Insurance Scheme, Alhaji Ganiyu Onimajesin, says he has intensified enlightenment campaigns and improved on strategies to make the scheme more efficient. The Kwara State Coordinator, NHIS, Dr. Abubakar Abdulganiu, shared Onimajesin's views, saying that there was still low acceptance of insurance by [] 

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
Stanley Opara The shares of Access Bank Plc, Zenith International Bank Plc and Guaranty Trust Bank Plc emerged the top three traded equities for last week, contributing 48.65 per cent of the total equity value traded. Measured by volume, they accounted for 655.596 million shares worth N12.182bn in 4,881 deals, contributing 47.02 per cent to [] 

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The United States Federal Aviation Administration will on Monday (today) commence an audit of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority. The audit is expected to revalidate the country's Category One safety rating, and will cover areas including the NCAA's compliance with sections of the International Civil Aviation Organisation Standards and Recommended Practices as contained [] 

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Nigerian Institute of Building has called on the government and professionals in the built environment to adopt advanced construction technology. The immediate past President of the NIOB, Mr. Tijjani Shuaib, at the 47th Building Conference and Annual General Meeting of the institute, held in Bauchi, said it had become necessary for business [] 

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
Femi Asu Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited says the illegal occupation of Belema flow station and gas plant in Rivers State has safety implications both for the people at the facilities and nearby communities. The SPDC said on Sunday that some persons had camped out day and night at the two facilities since [] 

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
Rent payments should be included when calculating credit scores to support tenants wanting to get on the housing ladder and buy a home of their own, according to landlords. Propertywire.com reports that most UK landlords, some 61 per cent, support the idea of change as currently credit rating agencies do not routinely include rent payment [] 

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
Nike Popoola Nigeria Reinsurance Corporation has said it is training and developing capacity for local insurance companies, in order to improve their profitability and reduce capital flight in the country. The Managing Director, Nigeria Re, Mrs. Chioma Chukwuma, said this during a three-day training that was organised for reinsurance managers of underwriting firms in Lagos. [] 

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
Nike Popoola The Managing Director, AfriGlobal Insurance Brokers Limited, Mr. Casmir Azubuike, has said that the company plans to expand its operations beyond the shores of Nigeria and become a major international broker. He said this during a ceremony to unveil the company's new corporate brand in Lagos. Azubuike said, 'Our vision is very wide, [] 

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
Nike Popoola Staco Insurance Plc said the group paid N2.08bn claims to its clients in 2016 financial period. The Chairman of the group, Samuel Turoti, disclosed this in the company's financial report, which he presented during the firm's 21st annual general meeting in Lagos. While addressing the shareholders, he said, 'The board and management are [] 

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
Nike Popoola Prestige Assurance said its profit before tax rose to N340.39m in 2016 from N20.33m in 2015 financial period. The Chairman of the company, Mr. Hassan Usman, stated this during the firm's 47th annual general meeting in Lagos. He said, 'During the year under review, the principal activities of the company continued to be [] 

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
A real estate firm and owners of ABC Gardens and VIP, Pertinence Nigeria Limited has commended the Lagos State Government for its efforts towards the provision of affordable houses for residents in the state. The firm, therefore, said that it had resolved to complement the state government's efforts through its housing scheme ' ABC Gardens [] 

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
Marcos Alonso scored a late winner for Chelsea as Tottenham's season at Wembley started with a disappointing defeat, BBC reports. Spurs did not lose a Premier League game at home during 2016-17 but this defeat means they have now lost seven of their past 10 games at what will be their temporary home while [] 

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
Qatar's 2022 World Cup preparations have been inconvenienced but not delayed by the political and economic boycott by its neighbours, the country's most senior tournament organiser insisted Sunday, AFP reports. Hassan Al-Thawadi, Secretary General the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, said alternative suppliers outside those countries involved in the ongoing dispute have been found [] 

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr says his team will win next month's crucial 2018 World Cup qualifier against Cameroon for goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, who was diagnosed with acute leukaemia in July. Ikeme had been the team's first choice goalkeeper since the exit of Vincent Enyeama and was impressive in front of goal before the ailment knocked [] 

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
Finnish club KuPs have announced they have agreed a transfer fee for Super Eagles defender Azubuike Egwuekwe with a South African club. 'The clubs have reached an agreement on the transfer fee (for Egwuekwe) and his new club will announce the player's move over the next few days,' the Finnish club announced on their website. [] 

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
Goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa says he is fully prepared to start for the Super Eagles in next month's crucial World Cup qualifiers against Cameroon. The FC IfeanyiUbah shot stopper is widely believed to be the one to man the sticks against the Indomitable Lions in the absence of Carl Ikeme, who is ill. Coach Gernot Rohr [] 

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
NPFL leaders Plateau United fell 2-0 at ABS FC on a weekend that all 10 home teams won with second-placed MFM FC reducing the gap at the top to three points. MFM FC beat strugglers Gombe United courtesy of defender Monsur Bashir's first-half strike. They now have 59 points from 35 matches, three points behind [] 

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
Qualify for Afrobasket q'final 'Tana Aiyejina Nigeria's D'Tigress on Sunday became the first team to qualify for the quarterfinals of the 2017 Women's Afrobasket with two games at hand, after a comprehensive 106-72 win over Egypt in Bamako, Mali. It was the Nigerian girls' third win in as many games in Group B following [] 

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
The Team Nigeria Police to the just-concluded World Police Games in the United States of America are expected back in the country on Monday at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport at 4.30pm, Nigeria Police Force Director of Sports, DCP Aliyu Abubakar, has said. The team won five gold, four silver and two bronze medals Abubakar [] 

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
World-record signing Neymar marked his home debut for Paris Saint-Germain with a goal in their Ligue 1 match with Toulouse at the Parc des Princes on Sunday. The Brazilian, who scored on his debut last week at Guingamp, tapped in to equalise for Unai Emerys men on the half-hour mark after Max Gradels early opener [] 

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
Economic Renaissance by Henry Boyo lesleba@lesleba.com 08052201997 Tomorrow, August 22, 2017, will make it 15 years since the advocacy, ceaselessly canvassed in this column, for a payment reform that will regenerate and rapidly propel inclusive economic growth, was first presented to government. Incidentally, an earlier casual discussion of such a proposal at an 'old school [] 

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
Eze Onyekpere censoj@gmail.com; 08127235995 The return of President Muhammadu Buhari to Nigeria after 103 days of medical vacation in London presents an opportunity for a new beginning in his Presidency. The long period of his being away from official duties should have provided him an opportunity for deep reflection and strategising on better ways to [] 

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
Samson Folarin The police in Ogun State have arrested a couple, Chioma and Innocent Anozie, for allegedly torturing an 11-year-old girl, Oluchi, in Ebute, in the Ibafo area of Ogun State. The couple allegedly flogged the victim with ropes, starved her of food, and locked her up in a toilet for two days for wanting [] 

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
Afeez Hanafi A cab driver, Peter Adeniji, has accused men of the Dopemu Police Station, Lagos State Police Command, of unlawfully detaining and arraigning him for a crime allegedly committed by his passenger. Adeniji is also at loggerheads with the police for impounding his means of livelihood ' a Nissan Almeira ' since July 12, [] 

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
Mudiaga Affe, Calabar THE two suspects that were arrested in connection with the smuggling of consignments containing 140 different species of snakes and 660 other animals imported into Nigeria from Cameroon have disappeared from the custody of the Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Services in Cross River State. The suspects, identified as Julius Novigana and Victor Agbor, [] 

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt A 200-level student of the University of Port Harcourt, Ifeanyi Dike, has been arrested for allegedly abducting and killing an eight-year-old girl, Victory Chikamso, for ritual purposes. Dike was arrested by the operatives of the Rivers State Police Command attached to Okporo Police Station for defiling, killing and removing some vital [] 

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
Etim Ekpimah, Uyo SOME unidentified gunmen, suspected to be cult members, invaded Udianga Enem Community in the Etim Ekpo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State on Saturday and opened fire on a group of mourners, killing one Udeme Dickson, alias Ele. Southern City News gathered that seven other persons escaped with gunshot injuries in [] 

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
Olaide Oyelude, Katsina The police in Katsina have launched a manhunt for five suspected cattle rustlers who stole 119 cows and 48 sheep in Sabon Birni forest in Kaduna State. The suspects, who were said to be members of a six-man armed robbery gang, reportedly stole the animal, which were being looked after by some [] 

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
John Charles, Makurdi Some gunmen on Sunday broke into the residence of the Principal Special Assistant to the Benue State Governor on Knowledge, Economy and Investments, Dr Tavershima Adyorough, and shot him dead. PUNCH Metro learnt that the assailants entered the residence at Nyinma layout in Makurdi, the state capital, around 12.30am and shot at [] 

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
Samson Folarin A graduate, Gladys Assah-Assor, is under investigation by operatives of the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly defrauding her business partners of over N5m. The suspect, who has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, was alleged to have opened a catering shop, bought a car, and travelled to [] 

Mon, 21 Aug 2017
The police have arraigned a 35-year-old driver with Dangote Group Plc, Haruna Bello, before an lkeja Magistrates' Court for allegedly stealing a truck belonging to the company. The police said Haruna worked with the Dangote Sugar Factory in the Apapa area of Lagos and absconded with the truck on May 18, 2017. PUNCH Metro learnt [] 
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