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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [25 AUGUST, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 25 August, 2017.

Fri, 25 Aug 2017
For a country where a candidate scored 247 marks in 1983 to study philosophy at the University of Ife without being considered because of its competitiveness, the Tuesday decision of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board to make 120 out of 400 maximum points as the cut-off mark for admission to universities for the 2017/2018 [] 

Fri, 25 Aug 2017
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan The Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democracy Party, Ahmed Makarfi, on Thursday in Ibadan visited the former governors of Oyo State, Rashidi Ladoja, and Adebayo Alao-Akala, the Social Democratic Party governorship candidate in the last general election, Seyi Makinde, a former Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, [] 

Fri, 25 Aug 2017
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, has said that the House of Representatives almost impeached former President Olusegun Obasanjo before the ex- President's failed third term bid became public knowledge. Masari, who was Speaker of the lower house during the period, stressed the need for both the executive and legislative arms to [] 

Fri, 25 Aug 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Federal Government on Thursday announced that it had commenced the construction of mass housing projects in 33 states across the country. It also called for an upward review of up to 50 per cent as mobilisation funds for contractors, especially emerging contractors operating in the built environment, in order to enable [] 

Fri, 25 Aug 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi and Okechukwu Nnodim A team of investigators from Nigeria's Accident Investigation Bureau has departed Lagos for So Tom and Principe to commence investigation into the crash of an An-74 aircraft, which occurred last week on the West African island. According to the AIB, the invitation came from So Tom and Principe through the [] 

Fri, 25 Aug 2017
Femi Asu The joint ministerial monitoring committee for the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries and non-OPEC oil producers participating in the production cut deal has said it will invite representatives from Nigeria and Libya to its next meeting in September to explain their production outlooks. The deal, which began on January 1 and called on [] 

Fri, 25 Aug 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, on Thursday said some Deposit Money Banks in Nigeria lacked sufficient knowledge of the oil and gas sector. According to him, this is why the banks are unable to provide long-term financing needed to build capacity in the oil and gas industry, [] 

Fri, 25 Aug 2017
Oluwafemi Oyefeso The five human senses are indeed the foundational elements of a great customer, guest or client experience. Depending on the industry being served, all or some of it can be used to evoke the right memories and create the right impressions for building a long and lasting relationship with a customer. Companies around [] 

Fri, 25 Aug 2017
Stanley Opara and Ifeanyi Onuba The Federal Government on Thursday launched a fund with an initial value of $200m to support local oil and gas firms. The intervention fund, according to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, is part of measures to improve access to low-cost credit for oil and gas [] 

Fri, 25 Aug 2017
Everest Amaefule, Abuja telecommunications contributed N1.6tn to Nigeria's Gross Domestic Product in the second quarter of the year, the Nigerian Communications Commission said on Thursday. The Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, said this when he visited the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, Mr. Mohammed Bello, in Abuja. On annually [] 

Fri, 25 Aug 2017
NIPOST, CBN seal monitoring pact Everest Amaefule, Abuja The total amount of stamp duty collected on deposits in bank accounts across the Deposit Money Banks has yielded N13bn to the Federal Government, investigation has shown. Sources close to the Central Bank of Nigeria where the fund is warehoused confirmed to our correspondent that in the [] 

Fri, 25 Aug 2017
Nike Popoola Personalbanking@punchng.com Getting a new credit card is exciting, and if it is your first credit card, then you are probably excited. Before you make your first purchase, or even put the card in your wallet, there are 10 things you should do with your new credit card, according to www.thebalance.com. Activate your new [] 

Fri, 25 Aug 2017
A credit card can used to make purchases, reduce the cost of expensive debt or to earn rewards and cash-back. It is essentially a type of loan, where the money you spend on your card is borrowed from a lender, such as a bank or building society. Interest is added to the amount you spend [] 

Fri, 25 Aug 2017
Anna Okon The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria has described as embarrassing the threat by the Senate Committee on Customs and Excise to arrest 30 chief executive officers of companies for their refusal to appear in person at its public hearing. The Senate committee is investigating companies alleged to have been involved in the N30tn revenue [] 

Fri, 25 Aug 2017
Stanley Opara United Bank for Africa Plc has recorded a significant rise of 65.5 per cent in its profit before tax for the audited half-year financial results ended June 30, 2017. Its PBT for the period stood at N57.5bn as against N34.8bn posted in the corresponding period of 2016. The pan-African financial institution, in a [] 

Fri, 25 Aug 2017
Mudiaga Affe, Calabar Experts in apiculture industry in Nigeria have lamented that at least $2bn is spent annually on the importation of bee to beef up the shortfall in local production. The experts said that the national production of honey stood at 38, 000 tonnes annually as against the country's consumption of 380, 000 tonnes, [] 

Fri, 25 Aug 2017
Anna Okon The Zonal Coordinator and Assistant Comptroller General, Zone A, Nigeria Customs Service, Mr. Monday Abueh, has suggested that the single-window portals and electronic processes of some government agencies and regulators should be integrated into a single unit in order to facilitate the ease of trade across the country's borders. Abueh listed the regulators/agencies [] 

Fri, 25 Aug 2017
First Bank of Nigeria Limited says its electronic channel products and services are targeted at its customers' lifestyle and are meant to create value for them. The lender said that with its varying categories of products and services across market segments, it was ensuring that they met customers' lifestyle, goals and aspirations. In a statement, [] 

Fri, 25 Aug 2017
Stanley Opara Ecobank Transnational Incorporated Plc has announced a drop of 26 per cent to $151.3m in its group profit before tax for the 2017 half year. Its profit after tax also dropped by 19 per cent to $123.4m. In naira terms, the bank said its PBT and PAT rose respectively by 11 per cent [] 

Fri, 25 Aug 2017
Stanley Opara with agency report Investors in the country's bond market, on Wednesday, shunned the Federal Government's bond auction owing to falling yields. The country raised only N56.05bn ($179m) in the bond auction, which was less than half the amount on offer as domestic pension funds and insurance firms cut orders due to low yields, [] 

Fri, 25 Aug 2017
Anna Okon A leading media buying agency, Starcom Media, has changed its name to Media Seal. Speaking to journalists on the side-lines of the rebranding which took place in Lagos, the Group Managing Director, Rosabel, Mr. Ayo Oluwatosin, said the development was necessitated by the dynamics of the modern media environment and the need to [] 

Fri, 25 Aug 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal Two, popularly referred to as the MMA2, has been named the Nigerian Airport of the Year 2017 by WorldStage Limited. The management of the terminal, Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited, said the award was coming on the heels of the best public-private partnership award presented to the MMA2 by [] 

Fri, 25 Aug 2017
Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe The Executive Secretary of the African Capacity Building Foundation, Emmanuel Nnadozie, on Thursday, urged the Federal Government to come up with initiatives that will foster economic integration in Africa. Nnadozie said this during the final plenary session sub-themed, 'Transboundary Infrastructure and Development', at the 2017 Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association. [] 

Fri, 25 Aug 2017
Rasheed Bisiriyu A new Lagos-based Nigerian firm, Buscar Nigeria Limited, has assembled a low-priced high capacity bus, in partnership with the United States engine maker, Cummins Inc. The automaker said in Lagos at the unveiling of the new vehicle named after the company, Buscar, that it was made as a city bus for Nigerian and [] 

Fri, 25 Aug 2017
Anna Okon A Japanese designer brand, Miniso, has opened outlets inside the six high-brow shopping malls in Lagos in line with the Federal Government's quest for foreign direct investment. According to the Country Manager, Miniso, Mr. Chris Lee, the firm was planning to create employment by establishing 500 stores across Nigeria by 2019, noting that [] 

Fri, 25 Aug 2017
Former D'Tigers star, Masai Ujiri, has said the USA's National Basketball Association can bring its NBA Africa Game to Lagos if the right facilities are made available. The NBA Africa Game has been held twice in South Africa. Ujiri, who is currently the Manager of Toronto Raptors in the NBA, recently organised the Giants of [] 

Fri, 25 Aug 2017
Tottenham will face holders Real Madrid in the group stage of the Champions League, BBC Sport reports. Spurs were drawn in Group H alongside the Spanish giants, German side Borussia Dortmund and Apoel of Cyprus. The draw pits the Premier League runners-up against Wales winger Gareth Bale, who left Spurs for Real in a world [] 

Fri, 25 Aug 2017
German champions Bayern Munich face a big test against Werder Bremen in their Bundesliga clash on Saturday and Pay TV company StarTimes has promised to broadcast the match in Nigeria. Bayern kicked off their title defence with a 3-1 home win against Bayer Leverkusen last week but Werder lost 1-0 to Hoffeheim in their fixture. [] 

Fri, 25 Aug 2017
Idris Adesina Former Nigeria midfielder, Friday Ekpo, and former Flying Eagles coach, Ladan Bosso, have disagreed with Nigeria coach, Gernot Rohr, over his 23-man list for the 2018 World Cup qualifying double-header against Cameroon on September 1 and 4. The German on Tuesday released his list, which was dominated with known names, except for Israel-based [] 

Fri, 25 Aug 2017
League leaders Plateau United produced their first VAT Wonder Goal award winner in Emmanuel Odafe, who narrowly beat Nojeem Raji of Sunshine Stars in one of the tight races witnessed since the award was re-introduced by the League Management Company at the start of the second phase of the 2016/17 Nigeria Professional Football League. On [] 

Fri, 25 Aug 2017
Former Nigeria internationals Gbenga Okunowo and Franklin Howard have praised Promasidor Nigeria Limited for honouring late Nigeria forward, Samuel Okwaraji. Promasidor recently organised an event in Lagos to commemorate the 28th anniversary of the death of the former Nigeria international, who slumped and died on national duty on August 12, 1989. Speaking at the event, [] 

Fri, 25 Aug 2017
Idris Adesina Nigeria's senior women's team will on Friday lock horns with their West African rivals Ivory Coast in the quarterfinals of the ongoing 2017 FIBA Africa Championship for Women in Mali. The Ivorians finished fourth in Group A after winning two matches and losing three. They beat the Central African Republic and Cameroon before [] 

Fri, 25 Aug 2017
Tana Aiyejina Internal problems in Cameroon football took a new dimension on Thursday, when armed gendarmes surrounded the headquarters of the country's football governing body, FECAFOOT. The latest development is coming following FIFA's appointment on Wednesday of a Normalisation Committee to run FECAFOOT, in the wake of the imbroglio rocking the body. 'The specified period [] 

Fri, 25 Aug 2017
Club-record signing Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a stunning long-range volley just after half-time to secure Evertons place in the Europa League group stage following a 3-1 aggregate victory over Hajduk Split on Thursday. The Iceland midfielder fired home from 40 yards within seconds of the restart in Croatia as Everton held on for a 1-1 draw [] 

Fri, 25 Aug 2017
Friday Musings with Ayo Olukotun, ayo_olukotun@yahoo.com, 07055841236 '16 years after $16bn and over N3tn had been spent on power sector, all we hear are excuses why we are not having stable power, yet the same government continues to approve electricity tariffs beyond the reach of most Nigerians' 'Banji Oyeyinka, a former Director, Office for Africa, [] 

Fri, 25 Aug 2017
Akin Oluwadare Jnr. I used to think that it was largely exaggerated but I have proofs that it's pretty easier to raise funds to bury the dead than it is to raise funds for a living who is about to die in Nigeria. I referenced the experience of a colleague in an article I wrote [] 

Fri, 25 Aug 2017
Tunji Ajibade tunjioa@yahoo.com 08036683657 Recently, the Commander of the Eastern Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy was in Akwa Ibom State. He visited the governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel. It was on AIT during its 8pm news broadcast on August 2, 2017. At exactly 8:34pm, the reporter said the Naval Commander assured the governor that the [] 

Fri, 25 Aug 2017
Oludayo TADE From Nigeria House in the United Kingdom to 'Home office' in Abuja, President Muhammadu Buhari returned after 104 days in the Diaspora last Saturday. Even those afflicted with socio-economic quagmire were mobilised to the streets to welcome the Daura-born 'Messiah'. Sai Baba who was described by his media aide, Femi Adesina, as 'king' [] 

Fri, 25 Aug 2017
Fola Ojo willieojo@yahoo.com Mikhaylovich Dostoyevsky was a 19th century Russian writer and journalist. In his drapery of wisdom and sapience and in his last scripted work, 'Brothers Karamazov', Mikhaylovich wrote these words: 'Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that [] 

Fri, 25 Aug 2017
Samson Folarin with agency report A 72-year-old retired cab driver, Angela Nwachukwu, has lamented the denial of visa to her Owerri, Imo State-based husband, CJ Nwachukwu. Angela said she was frustrated because since her marriage to CJ in April 2015, she had only been able to see him two times. The pensioner, who is based [] 

Fri, 25 Aug 2017
Afeez Hanafi Parents of a two-year-old boy, Christopher Mike-Ozugha, say the carefree attitude of some medical workers at the Ikorodu General Hospital, Lagos State, allegedly led to the death of their only child. The couple ' Esther and Emmanuel Mike-Ozugha ' said the child was taken to the hospital because he had difficulty in breathing. [] 

Fri, 25 Aug 2017
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt The Rivers State Police Command has dismissed a police sergeant, Johnbosco Okoroeze, for allegedly aiding the escape of a suspected ritual killer, Ifeanyi Dike, from the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Port Harcourt. Okoroeze, who was also arraigned by the police before a chief magistrate's court on two counts bordering [] 

Fri, 25 Aug 2017
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta The Ogun State Police Command has arrested a 43-year-old man, Ini Udoh, for allegedly defiling three girls. The suspect and the victims, whose ages ranged between nine and 12, were said to be residents of Agboola Close, in the Sango-Ota area of Ogun State. Udoh was alleged to have had carnal knowledge [] 

Fri, 25 Aug 2017
Umar Muhammed, Lafia The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Nasarawa State Command, on Thursday arrested a dismissed soldier, Bala Babaginda, for allegedly duping 27 persons of N4m. Parading the 32-year-old at the NSCDC headquarters in Lafia, the commandant of the NSCDC, Mr. Lawal Bashir-Kano, said the suspect collected various sums of money from his [] 

Fri, 25 Aug 2017
Chux Ohai No Music Day is an annual event introduced by Scottish musician, Bill Drummond, who was anxious to draw public attention to what he perceived as the cheapening of music around the world. The artiste, according to reports, had at one point in his career become worried that music was gradually losing its essence [] 
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