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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [24 AUGUST, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 24 August, 2017.


Thu, 24 Aug 2017
It is a very difficult moment for university education in Nigeria as it is beset by chronic strikes. The Academic Staff Union of Universities declared the most recent one on August 12, disrupting the already fragile system. ASUU's main grievance is that the Federal Government has not implemented the agreement it reached with the union [] 

Thu, 24 Aug 2017
Oladimeji Ramon The Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, and his Kano State counterpart, Abdullahi Ganduje, on Wednesday made a case for the creation of state police, arguing that it is unrealistic for states to leave the security of their citizens in the hands of the Federal Government. The two governors said already they had been [] 

Thu, 24 Aug 2017
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, on Wednesday in Abuja inaugurated caretaker committees for the party in Ogun, Borno and Kebbi states. While Abdulahi Wali heads the Kebbi committee, Abdulmalik Mahmud and Tunde Odanye, were named as heads of the Borno and Ogun [] 

Thu, 24 Aug 2017
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja Members of the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress are meeting in Abuja next week where decisions are expected to be taken on the party's national convention. The meeting, according to sources at the party national secretariat in Abuja on Wednesday, would also discuss the modalities for the proposed convention. [] 

Thu, 24 Aug 2017
Courts continue to lean on doublespeak when politically-exposed and influential Nigerians approach them for protection from arrests, investigations and other pre-trial procedures, ADE ADESOMOJU reports On July 17, 2016, the National Judicial Council, in a statement by its Acting Director (now Director) Information, Mr. Soji Oye, said that the Council headed by the then Chief [] 

Thu, 24 Aug 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Federal Government will inaugurate the $200m (about N61bn at the official exchange rate of N305 to a dollar) local content intervention fund today (Thursday). It was gathered that the $200m Nigerian Content Intervention Fund would be directed at increasing local content in the oil and gas industry and would be used [] 

Thu, 24 Aug 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has said it is working closely with international oil companies to deploy a structured security apparatus in strategic places including the Niger Delta to arrest incidence of oil and gas infrastructure sabotage across the country. The NNPC's General Manager, Group Security Department, Mr. Sam Otoboeze, disclosed this [] 

Thu, 24 Aug 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Nigeria will by 2021 join the International Civil Aviation Organisation in the implementation of the pilot phase of the Carbon Offsetting Reduction Scheme for International Aviation, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has said. The Director-General of the NCAA, Capt. Muhtar Usman, made this known on Wednesday at a workshop on the development of [] 

Thu, 24 Aug 2017
Nike Popoola Personalbanking@punchng.com Dealing with the death of a partner or family member is sometimes more difficult than when you have to sort out their debts. Our guide gives you advice on how to sort out someone's debt after he or she has died. You can also seek help from a free debt advice service [] 

Thu, 24 Aug 2017
IFE OGUNFUWA writes on the benefits of combining vocational training with business management training in youth empowerment The use of hands-on skills to earn a living is not new. These skills are acquired through vocational training for a period of time and it involves gaining the practical knowledge and understanding of a particular profession. While [] 

Thu, 24 Aug 2017
The Federal Inland Revenue Service on Wednesday closed down an MRS Oil's facility in Lagos over a tax debt amounting to N497.1m, an action the agency described as part of measures being taken against tax-defaulting companies in the country. An enforcement team, led by Mrs. Anita Erinne, reportedly sealed off the premises of the MRS [] 

Thu, 24 Aug 2017
Anna Okon Stakeholders in the maritime sector are working with the World Bank to identify coastal areas of Nigeria needing assistance for the development of climate resilient coastlines. The stakeholders are equally making moves to implement the Annex VI of the Marine Pollution agreement of the International Maritime Organisation in the sector. MARPOL, the International [] 

Thu, 24 Aug 2017
If there are more debts than the estate can pay back, this is called an 'insolvent estate'. In this situation, it is best to seek the advice of a solicitor or a probate specialist, according towww.moneyadviceservice.org.uk. What to do if struggling to pay off debts after a relative's death It is difficult to think about [] 

Thu, 24 Aug 2017
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The China National Electric Engineering Company has disclosed that the Zungeru 700mw hydroelectric power plant in Niger State is at 47 per cent completion stage. The Deputy Project Manager, Mr. Xiao Nie, told journalists on a tour of the project on Wednesday that the $1.29bn (about N473bn) project was expected to be [] 

Thu, 24 Aug 2017
The Power Sector Group of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry is set to hold an interactive forum with major stakeholders in the power sector. The group said in a statement that the forum would focus on investment opportunities in the sector. The Chairman, LCCI Power Sector Group, Mr. Effiom Edet, said the forum, [] 

Thu, 24 Aug 2017
Oyetunji Abioye A notable political economist, Prof. Pat Utomi, on Wednesday maintained that the gruelling economic recession in the country was self-inflicted, noting that wrong policy choices led to the hardships facing Nigerians. A former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof. Charles Soludo, also said although the economy would technically be out of [] 

Thu, 24 Aug 2017
The Investment and Technology Promotion Office of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation says it is set to support Nigerian young entrepreneurs with interactive e-learning package and online coaching on how to meet bank lending requirements. A statement by the group on Wednesday quoted the Chief Technical Adviser, UNIDO-ITPO, Mr. Stanislaw Pigon, as saying the [] 

Thu, 24 Aug 2017
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan The World Bank and French Development Bank will partner the Federal Government and the Oyo State Government in the construction of 70 roads in the agrarian communities of the state to aid agriculture. At a stakeholders' meeting held on prioritisation of rural roads in agrarian council areas of the state in Saki [] 

Thu, 24 Aug 2017
Femi Asu MRS Oil Nigeria Plc has announced an increase in its profit after tax to N1.5bn for the financial year ended December 31, 2016 from N935.6m in 2015. A statement said shareholders at the company's 48th Annual General Meeting held in Lagos approved a dividend of N439.8m declared for the financial year, translating to [] 

Thu, 24 Aug 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The European Union is working on various trade facilitation programmes for Nigeria to enable the country to boost its level of agricultural exports to the European market without having to suffer huge rejection. The Head of Cooperation, EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Kurt Cornelis, stated this during the opening session of [] 

Thu, 24 Aug 2017
Femi Asu A total of 200 female students from various secondary schools across Ondo State have been empowered through the first phase of the Intensive Solar Energy Training, organised by the wife of the Governor, Mrs. Betty Akeredolu, in collaboration with Ashadam Solar Initiative. According to a statement on Wednesday, the week-long programme, tagged 'Solar [] 

Thu, 24 Aug 2017
Access Bank Plc has introduced a loyalty solution tagged Rewarding Every Act of Loyalty. The lender said the innovative solution was introduced to reward existing bank customers for their unwavering support over the years. According to a statement by the bank, the REAL is a pan-banking programme offering multiple ways to earn points through the [] 

Thu, 24 Aug 2017
Femi Asu Gas production in Nigeria has gained more momentum following the completion of a key project in the Niger Delta by the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited Joint Venture. The SPDC announced on Wednesday that production had commenced at Gbaran-Ubie Phase 2, which would help to boost gas supply to the domestic [] 

Thu, 24 Aug 2017
Femi Asu Global Utilities Management Company, a subsidiary of Vigeo Group, has signed a long-term partnership agreement with Genus Power Infrastructures Limited to manufacture, assemble and develop power metering solutions for Nigeria and other countries in West Africa. A statement said the Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Chairman, Vigeo Group, Mr. Victor Osibodu, [] 

Thu, 24 Aug 2017
Anna Okon The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Usman, has announced the collaboration of the authority with relevant establishments and foreign firms towards increased bilateral trade ties. A statement from the NPA quoted Usman as speaking at the 10th anniversary of NIMPORT annual maritime conference in Lagos. Usman, who was represented by the [] 

Thu, 24 Aug 2017
The First City Monument Bank Limited has reiterated its commitment to supporting activities that promote and add value to Nigeria's culture and heritage which are also capable of boosting tourism and other non-oil sectors in line with the Federal government's ongoing drive to diversify the economy. According to the bank, this is the rationale behind [] 

Thu, 24 Aug 2017
Financial experts have identified some reasons for the gradual depreciation of the naira in spite of series of interventions by the Central Bank of Nigeria in the foreign exchange market. The experts told the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Lagos that a single market rate, among others, was required to reverse the depreciating [] 

Thu, 24 Aug 2017
Stanbic IBTC Bank, a member of Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc, has received the ISO 9001:2015 certification, a highly regarded Quality Management System certification globally. The certificate was presented to the bank in Lagos on Friday, the lender said in a statement on Tuesday. The certification, among other benefits, will enable the bank to serve its [] 

Thu, 24 Aug 2017
Femi Asu The Department of Petroleum Resources has said it is willing to collaborate with the Lagos State Government in a bid to develop a road map for oil and gas in the state. A statement on Wednesday said the DPR Zonal Operations Controller, Lagos, Mr. Wole Akinyosoye, stated this during a courtesy visit to [] 

Thu, 24 Aug 2017
Stanley Opara Access Bank Plc has reported an 18 per cent growth of its profit before tax for the half year ended June 30, 2017. The lender's PBT rose to N52bn, representing a 18 per cent year-on-year growth when compared to N43.9bn in H1 2016. Its profit after tax also grew to N39.5bn in H1 [] 

Thu, 24 Aug 2017
Stanley Opara Following the Federal Executive Council's recent approval of a plan to issue $3bn worth of foreign bonds of up to three years' maturity to refinance maturing naira-denominated treasury bills, consultancy firm, PwC Nigeria, says the impact of the action on debt sustainability is likely to be modest. The firm, in its Economic Alert [] 

Thu, 24 Aug 2017
Femi Asu Nigerdock Nigeria said it had successfully completed the National Human Capacity Development Training in 200,000 barrels-per-day Egina deepwater project, following the graduation of the final batch of 49 vocational trainees. The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board commended the indigenous energy services company for its efforts towards promoting local content and developing the [] 

Thu, 24 Aug 2017
Nike Popoola The Managing Director, Wapic Insurance Plc, Mrs. Adeyinka Adekoya, has said that insurance players must play a major role in indemnifying losses in the oil and gas sector to prevent the industry from being handicapped financially after any major loss. Adekoya said this during a seminar organised by the firm for stakeholders in [] 

Thu, 24 Aug 2017
Profits at Wood Group have tumbled 86 per cent as work in the declining North Sea basin dries up. The Aberdeen-based oil field services provider made 4.7m during the first half of the year compared to 35m during the same period last year, with revenue falling 11 per cent to 1.7bn. The North Sea has [] 

Thu, 24 Aug 2017
Recruiting is a behaviour that needs to be taught and learned by your employees.' That's what Andrea R. Bucci, recruiting manager at Gateway Engineers, a civil engineering firm based in Pittsburgh, recently told my team about her company's recruitment challenges. Bucci's observation rings true, but is often overlooked by employers. While recruiting comes naturally to [] 

Thu, 24 Aug 2017
Femi Asu with agency report A major downstream player in the oil industry, Nipco Plc, has bought another 3.23 per cent stake in 11 Plc, the fuel retailer formerly known as Mobil Oil Nigeria, for N4.84bn to increase its holding to 70 per cent. Nipco's investment subsidiary bought 60 per cent of Mobil Oil Nigeria [] 

Thu, 24 Aug 2017
Femi Asu KB Associates Europe Limited has announced a new partnership with its local representative, Batok Offshore and Oil Services Nigeria Limited, for the arrangement of specialist training courses in the country. It said in a statement that the courses would include combined diving system assurance and the FMECA awareness, and intensive FMECA to be [] 

Thu, 24 Aug 2017
Anna Okon The International Freight Forwarders Association has urged its members to refrain from chasing after quick money and in the process forgetting to tell the truth, urging them to uphold integrity and transparency in their dealings with people. The Chairman, Board of Trustees, IFFA, Mr. Peter Obi, gave this charge during the National Executive [] 

Thu, 24 Aug 2017
Stanley Opara Rak Unity Petroleum Company Plc has announced a revenue of N8.271bn for the nine months period ended December 31, 2016, representing a 24 per cent growth from the previous year. Its gross profit for the period also stood at N460.454m. The petroleum company had reported a respective revenue and gross profit of N6.682bn [] 

Thu, 24 Aug 2017
Striker Odion Ighalo has predicted Nigeria will be hungrier in their 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Cameroon next month. Nigeria battle Cameroon on September 1 in Uyo and then again in Yaounde on September 4. The former Watford star has staged a comeback to the Super Eagles after he was overlooked for several games by [] 

Thu, 24 Aug 2017
US oil giant ExxonMobil knowingly misled the public for decades about the danger climate change poses to a warming world and the companys long-term viability, according to a peer-reviewed study released Wednesday. An analysis of nearly 200 documents spanning decades found that four-fifths of scientific studies and internal memos acknowledged global warming is real and [] 

Thu, 24 Aug 2017
Neymar will be denied an immediate return to Barcelona when the Champions League draw is made in Monaco on Thursday. Both his Paris Saint-Germain team and the Catalan giants he left earlier this month for a world record 222 million euros ($264m) have been placed in pot two ' amongst the second seeds. Reigning champions [] 

Thu, 24 Aug 2017
Tana Aiyejina Indonesia-based Osaze Odemwingie has not ruled out a return to European football when the Asian country's Premier League season ends in November. The 36-year-old, who has been in fine form since joining Madura United in April, is also eyeing a return to the Super Eagles, after being in football's international wilderness for three [] 

Thu, 24 Aug 2017
England's all-time leading goalscorer Wayne Rooney has retired from international football after turning down the chance to be part of the squad for next month's World Cup qualifiers, BBC Sport reports. The Everton striker was asked by England boss Gareth Southgate to be involved against Malta and Slovakia. 'Every time I was selected was a [] 

Thu, 24 Aug 2017
Idris Adesina Nigeria's Odunayo Adekuoroye on Wednesday won silver in the 55kg women's wrestling at the World Wrestling Championships in Paris, France after losing 5-4 to Japan's Haruna Okuno. The 23-year-old, who won a bronze at the 2015 World Championships, became Nigeria's first wrestler to appear in the final of the World Championships. The medal [] 

Thu, 24 Aug 2017
Nigeria Professional Football League veteran Nojeem Raji is hopeful that his club Sunshine Stars will keep their place in the top division despite having relegation worries. Sunshine Stars are among nine clubs still sitting precariously just above the drop zone and Raji explained to npfl.ng that things have looked brighter for his club in recent [] 

Thu, 24 Aug 2017
Idris Adesina Six days into the 2017 World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan, Nigeria's representatives have been absent in their events at the competition. The Games began on August 19 and Nigeria are expected to feature athletes in four sports ' judo, athletics, swimming and table tennis. The competition will end on August 30. However, [] 

Thu, 24 Aug 2017
Emre Can struck twice as Liverpool convincingly defeated Hoffenheim 4-2 at Anfield on Wednesday to reach the Champions League group phase for only the second time since 2010. Germany midfielder Can found the net twice in the opening 21 minutes, either side of Mohamed Salahs first Anfield goal following his move from Roma, before substitute [] 

Thu, 24 Aug 2017
Emre Can scored twice as Liverpool defeated Hoffenheim 4-2 in the second leg of Wednesdays play-off to complete a 6-3 aggregate victory and qualify for the Champions League group stage. Leading 2-1 from the first leg, a first-half brace from Germany international Can either side of a Mohamed Salah goal put five-time European champions Liverpool [] 
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