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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [23 AUGUST, 2017].


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


Wed, 23 Aug 2017
State governments have been told to take charge of primary health care in their domains as the era of federal might is over. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, declared this recently, stressing the obvious that it will guarantee quality health service delivery across the country. Nigeria has a broken health care system, which ensures [] 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The crisis rocking the Kwara State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party deepened on Tuesday as the Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee failed to reconcile the warring factions. The party had on Saturday, August 12, at its non-elective convention in Abuja, dissolved the factional executive committees of the party in the state. [] 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja There were strong indications that the Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun and a former governor of the state, Chief Olusegun Osoba, have begun supremacy battle ahead of the 2019 governorship race in the state. Our correspondent gathered that the succession game among the members of the All Progressives Congress in the [] 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017
Ovie Okpare, Warri The Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Chief Sheriff Oborevwori, has said the Peoples Democratic Party will defeat the ruling All Progressives Congress in the forthcoming 2019 general elections. Oborevwori, who made the assertion on Tuesday in Asaba, the Delta State capital while addressing newsmen at the resumption of plenary [] 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa Constituents of Bayelsa East Senatorial District of Bayelsa State have threatened to begin a process of recalling Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, representing the constituency in the Senate. The angry constituents, comprising mainly students, accused the 'common sense' senator of neglecting them as well as having no plans for his constituency. Murray-Bruce's constituency comprises [] 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017
Arinze Onebunne Despite the huge profitability of pig farming, many Nigerians are still overlooking this goldmine because of being ignorant on how it really works. While some don't just get the fact that it is a money spinner, many who engage in it do it as a part time business. But if you can engage [] 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017
Author of 'Practical Steps to Financial Independence and personal finance coach,' USIERE UKO, writes about the self-inflicted pressure arising from school fees we can't afford School resumption is not the best of times for many parents. While the child may be excited about moving to a new class, the parent may be wondering how the [] 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017
Stanley Opara The Nigerian stock market soared by 1.03 per cent at the close of trading on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange on Tuesday as 21 gainers emerged. A total of 244.315 million shares worth N3.672bn exchanged hands in 3,829 deals, with 22 stocks making the losers' chart. The NSE market capitalisation appreciated [] 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017
Stanley Opara with agency report Integrated Produce City Limited is developing a new agricultural commodities exchange to take advantage of the government's efforts to boost farming output to reduce reliance on oil. The Exchange will be located near the southern city of Benin, about 300 kilometers (186 miles) east of Lagos, Nigeria's commercial hub, a [] 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017
Finding an investment product that best meets your unique needs can be confusing and frustrating. There are so many out there, including mutual funds, money markets, stocks and bonds, to name a few. Books have been written comparing and contrasting each one of these. This article will focus on just two ' fixed deposit and [] 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on Tuesday warned oil sector operators about the activities of conmen specialising in circulating forged letters of crude oil allocation with the intent of defrauding unsuspecting buyers or members of the public. Speaking at the presentation of commendation letters to 12 personnel of the Crude Oil Marketing [] 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The revenue accruing to the federation account from oil and non-oil sources recorded a decline of N183.26bn from N570.58bn received in the month of June to N387.31bn in July. The figures were revealed in a communiqu issued on Tuesday by the Federation Account Allocation Committee at the end of its meeting. The [] 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017
Olalekan Adetayo and Ifeanyi Onuba Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the Federal Government may consider increasing workers' remuneration package, especially bonuses of certain government agencies, instead of increasing wages across board. According to a transcript made available to journalists in Abuja on Tuesday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, [] 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017
Everest Amaefule, Abuja Ministries, departments and agencies of the Federal Government have loans amounting to N178.09bn to settle, the Debt Management Office has said. In a report titled: 'Federal Government On-Lent Loans to MDAs,' the DMO disclosed that it raised the funds which were lent to various MDAs to carry out specific assignments in order [] 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Nigeria is losing about $2bn (N610bn at the official exchange rate of N305 to a dollar) annually as a result of the duplication of biometric verification being conducted by no fewer than 16 agencies of the Federal Government. According to the report of a research by Information and Communication Technology experts, which [] 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017
Delta Airlines says it will be launching another three weekly nonstop flights from Lagos to New York-JFK, in addition to its existing four-times a week service to the United States. According to the airline, the Lagos-New York flight, which will be effective from March 25, 2018, will make its operations daily, from Nigeria to its [] 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017
Success Nwogu, Ilorin The Kwara State Government on Tuesday said it had so far invested about N7bn in road projects in the state since the inauguration of the Kwara State Infrastructure Development Fund in September, 2016. The Commissioner for Works and Transport, Alhaji Aro Yahaya, stated this during an interview with journalists in Ilorin, the [] 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017
FIdelis Soriwei, Abuja The Nigeria Labour Congress has criticised the moves by the Federal Government to release N8bn to the electricity distribution companies to procure prepaid meters. The NLC reaffirmed its call to the Federal Government to revisit the process of the privatisation of the power sector carried out by the Goodluck Jonathan administration. The [] 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Mercedes-Benz showed its view of an ultra-luxury convertible of the future with its Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet unveiled in Pebble Beach, California. Autonews.com reports that the art deco-inspired two-seater is a follow-up to the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupe shown a year ago at the same Monterey Car Week event. The automaker said the [] 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The exportation of perishables is increasing, and has grown from as low as two per cent to about 12.5 per cent, representing over 10 per cent increase in the last one year, the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc has said. According to NAHCO's Chief Commercial Officer, Seyi Adewale, most of the exports go [] 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017
Sodiq Oyeleke The Nigerian Institute of Training and Development has urged government at all levels to start training youths on skills acquisition from the basic school level. It also called on the Ministry of Education to include skills acquisition in the training of youths to augment their theory classes. The call was made during a [] 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017
Emirates has revealed plans to operate extra flights to Jeddah to help facilitate travel for thousands of pilgrims this year heading for Saudi Arabia for the Hajj. The airline said it would be operating 45 additional flights to Jeddah and 12 additional flights to Medina from August 17 until 11 September to help serve the [] 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The sole dealer of Ford Motors in Nigeria, Coscharis Motors Limited, has called for more investment in genuine auto parts. The firm said in a statement that this was part of its commitment to safety and maintenance of its customers' vehicles at various locations across the country. It added that it was also [] 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017
New head coach of the U-20 women national team, Falconets, Chris Danjuma, on Tuesday released a list of 30 players invited to the team's camp in Abuja ahead of next month's U-20 Women's World Cup qualifier against Tanzania. Two-time World Cup runners-up Falconets will entertain their Tanzanian counterparts in Nigeria on September 16, with the [] 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017
Ex-Premier League players Carlos Tevez, Dirk Kuyt and Gabriel Heinze have been named by hackers Fancy Bears as three of the footballers cleared to use banned medicines at the 2010 World Cup, BBC reports. The trio were among 25 players given Therapeutic Use Exemptions during the tournament in South Africa. In its latest leaked documents, [] 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017
OlufemiAtoyebi, Ibadan Former African champion and Nigeria table tennis coach, Waheed Ekun, has offered to help Nigeria star, Wale Quadri, prepare for the 2017 ITTF Men's World Cup in Belgium by offering free coaching service. Quadri was on Tuesday reported to have said that he needed a coach as he prepared to represent Africa at [] 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017
TanaAiyejina D'Tigress on Tuesday hammered Group B whipping girls Guinea 106-33 to maintain their 100 per cent dominance at the ongoing 2017 FIBA Women's AfroBasket in Bamako, Mali. The two-time African champions overpowered the Guineans right from the buzzer winning the first two quarters 26-8, 22-4 respectively, before putting their opponents to the sword 34-8 [] 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017
Guaranty Trust Bank Plc is sponsoring 40 outstanding young talents discovered at its football tournaments as well as 60 school coaches on an all-expense paid intensive player development and coach-training programme tagged Camp GTBank. Camp GTBank is a football and educational development initiative designed to train and develop outstanding talents discovered at the GTBank football [] 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017
Alan Shearer led the plaudits for Wayne Rooney after the Everton forward struck his 200th Premier League goal in the Blues' 1-1 draw at Manchester City on Monday night. Rooney's landmark moment arrived 10 minutes before half-time at the Etihad Stadium, when he clinically converted Dominic Calvert-Lewin's clever cut-back to put the Blues in front [] 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017
Chelsea have 'commended' Eniola Aluko for 'speaking of her experiences' after she accused England boss Mark Sampson of 'bullying and discrimination', BBC reports. Sampson, 34, has been cleared of wrongdoing by two investigations and vehemently denies the claims made by former England forward Aluko, 30. But anti-racism group Kick It Out says the Football Association [] 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017
Two Myanmar fans have been beaten up at a Southeast Asian Games football match against Malaysia, police said on Tuesday, putting home supporters under further scrutiny after they were criticised for calling Singaporeans 'dogs', AFP reports. Police said the Myanmar fans were punched and kicked in the face and body outside Shah Alam Stadium on [] 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017
Idris Adesina The three Nigerian wrestlers for the 2017 World Wrestling Championships, who were stranded in the country on Monday, finally left Lagos on Tuesday, our correspondent has learnt. The competition began on Monday and Nigeria would thus be represented at the competition by six wrestlers and two coaches in Paris. The wrestlers comprise 2015 [] 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017
Edo State Government, hosts of the 2017 Nigeria Women Premier League Super Four tournament, has set up a committee for the successful hosting of the event. Also, the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, it was learnt, has directed that the Nigeria Women Football League move its secretariat to Benin City as part of his efforts to [] 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017
Wikki Tourists winger Richard Jonathan could not hold back his happiness after scoring the insurance goal that ensured his club ran out 2-0 winners against relegated Remo Stars in a Nigeria Professional Football League match on Sunday. Jonathan had scored in the first meeting between his team and Remo Stars at the Gateway Stadium, Sagamu [] 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017
The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, Lagos chapter, and other corporate bodies are set for the 2017 Futsal Corporate Challenge scheduled for the indoor sports hall of Rowe Park, Yaba, Lagos, on September 16 and 17, organisers have said. According to the event coordinator, Moses Nwanze, matches will begin each day at 10am. He said [] 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017
Cristiano Ronaldo reiterated his anger at what he described as the incomprehensible decision to reject his final appeal against a five-match ban on Tuesday. Spains administrative sports court (TAD) dismissed Real Madrids latest appeal for the suspension handed out to the World Player of the Year for pushing a referee after being sent-off in the [] 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017
Floyd Mayweather believes Conor McGregor is struggling to make the weight for their cross-combat showdown as the final countdown to the superfight cranked into overdrive on Tuesday. In comments to US website FightHype, Mayweather said he thought Irish mixed martial arts star McGregor looked extremely heavy and doubted he would make the 154-pound limit for [] 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017
Rosemary Egabor The #Nottooyoungtorun bill recently passed by the National Assembly as part of the amendment to the constitution is a welcome development to the growth of democracy in Nigeria. As laudable as it might seem, there are however requirements like knowledge, competence, legal campaign funding amongst others needed for any young person aspiring to [] 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017
The Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary defines hate speech as 'public speech that expresses hate or encourages violence towards a person or group based on something such as race, religion, sex or sexual orientation'. In recent times, hate speech has assumed alarming proportion in the form of 'quit notices' issued by various groups demanding that Nigerians [] 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017
A significant momentum is gathering on Facebook. It adopts the multilevel marketing strategy to recruit evangelists, each of whom spreads the awareness about the deadly scourge of cancer for 10 days, while also nominating one torch-bearer on each of the 10 days. With hash tags like, #Saynotocancer, #Everywomanshlouldgoforscreening, #Earlydetectioniskey, #Awarenessiskey, and #Togetherwecandefeatcancer, the campaign is [] 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017
I wish to welcome President Muhammadu Buhari from his medical vacation. I pray that the Almighty Allah will perfect his healing. It is heartwarming to listen to the Mr. President, last Monday during his official broadcast to the nation. Though I am disappointed that the much anticipated critical decisions that would energise governance were not [] 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017
Alexander Okere, Benin There was a protest on Tuesday in the Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of Edo State after a truck rammed into a commercial bus, killing two children and seven other passengers. Angry youths and other commercial bus drivers, who took to the streets to protest against the deaths, set the truck ablaze as [] 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017
Afeez Hanafi A two-year-old girl, Chidinma Okasu, escaped death by a whisker after an injury to her head reportedly affected her brain. The injury, it was gathered, was inflicted by her uncle, one Seyi Shodiya, who allegedly tortured her for excreting on a bed. Not done, he reportedly threw her off the bed and the [] 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017
Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe The police on Tuesday brought before a Lagos State Magistrate's Court in Ikeja a 51-year-old landlord, Ishola Idris, and his 35-year-old tenant, Linus Okonkwo, for allegedly defiling a 13-year-old housemaid. The housemaid was said to be living with her guardian on Celestial Road, Igando, Lagos, where the incident happened. Both Idris and Okonkwo [] 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017
Afeez Hanafi A 40-year-old fisherman, Seth Akpot, has been arrested in the Badagry area of Lagos for allegedly belonging to a gang of sea pirates. It was learnt that three AK-47 rifles with ammunition reportedly used by the gang were recovered from Akpot's uncle, Mustapha Sumaila, an herbalist. They were arrested by men of the [] 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017
Samson Folarin A suspected thief met his death while vandalising an electric cable on Balogun Street, Apongbon, on Lagos Island, Lagos State. PUNCH Metro learnt that the unidentified suspect had sneaked into the community's transformer house while there was power outage. However, nemesis caught up with him when power was suddenly restored around 2am on [] 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017
A middle-aged woman, Modinat, on Tuesday told an Idi-Ogungun Customary Court, Agodi, Ibadan, Oyo State, how she alternated two husbands in order to satisfy herself and get enough money to take care of her three children. The woman, Modinat, begged the court to dissolve her 12-year-old relationship with one of her husbands, Ajadi Mufutau, for [] 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017
Olusola Fabiyi and Chux Ohai Controversy on Tuesday surrounded an alleged ban on songs of three Nigerian musicians by the National Broadcasting Commission. Online platforms widely reported that the NBC had banned 'Wo' and Wavi Level' by Olamide; Davido's remix of 'If' and 9ice's 'Living Things'. Although the commission did not, according to the reports, [] 
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