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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [29 OCTOBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 29 October, 2017.

Sun, 29 Oct 2017
Eniola Akinkuotu, Okechukwu Nnodim and Olaleye Aluko Four days after the order of President Muhammadu Buhari for the immediate disengagement of embattled ex-Chairman of the Presidential Task Team on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, from the Federal Civil Service, the process leading to his disengagement is yet to commence. Sunday PUNCH gathered in Abuja that as [] 

Sun, 29 Oct 2017
Tobi Aworinde Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has condemned the Federal Governments involvement in the school feeding programme, saying it is essentially a programme that the states should execute. Obasanjo stated this in an exclusive interview with SUNDAY PUNCH at the venue of the World Food Prize in Iowa, USA, penultimate Friday. The President, African Development [] 

Sun, 29 Oct 2017
John Alechenu and Olusola Fabiyi The Peoples Democratic Party has described members of the All Progressives Congress as desperate people whose main agenda was to hijack government at all cost in 2015. The PDP was reacting to the claim by the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hammed Ali (retd.) that the change [] 

Sun, 29 Oct 2017
The Kano State Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Ali Makoda, has said erosion destroyed over 200 graves at Tudun Murtala Graveyard in the Nasarawa Local Government Area of the state. The commissioner said this on Saturday while visiting Tarauni Graveyard in the Tarauni Local Government as part of the states monthly sanitation exercise, the News Agency [] 

Sun, 29 Oct 2017
Adeniyi Olugbemi The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Saad Abubakar III, has advocated the resuscitation of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council, NIREC. The Primate of the Anglican Communion, Dr. Nicholas Okoh, said NIREC was one of the highlights of their discussion during his visit to the Sultans palace. Okoh spoke to our correspondent during his visit to [] 

Sun, 29 Oct 2017
Friday Olokor A coalition of 25 ethnic nationalities in the Middle Belt has given the Plateau State House of Assembly two weeks to initiate a bill against open grazing and six months for it to be passed into law for implementation. The directive was given during a meeting with the legislators in the office of [] 

Sun, 29 Oct 2017
Chukwudi Akasike and Simon Utebor The Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide has called on the Federal Government to leave former President Goodluck Jonathan and his family alone. The IYC also urged their kinsmen to resist any move to harass and embarrass Jonathan or members of his family over trumped-up charges. The group spoke against the backdrop [] 

Sun, 29 Oct 2017
Simon Utebor A coalition of militants groups in the Niger Delta and the Chief Edwin Clark-led Pan Niger Delta Forum have engaged in war of words over which group has the peoples mandate to represent the region. The coalition, under the aegis of Reformed Niger Delta Avengers, accused Clark-led PANDEF of acting the script of [] 

Sun, 29 Oct 2017
Olufemi Atoyebi Former President Olusegun Obasanjo said on Saturday that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission became politicised after he left office in 2007. Obasanjo stated this during the 2017 annual public lecture of the Dorcas Oke Hope Alive Initiative, titled, Corruption and the challenge [] 

Sun, 29 Oct 2017
Samuel Awoyinfa The Ogun State Government has said it needs special derivation from the Federal Government on the exploration of solid and natural resources, as 60 per cent of revenue the nation gets from natural and mineral resources comes from the state. The states Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Bimbo Ashiru, stated this on Thursday [] 

Sun, 29 Oct 2017
John Alechenu and Ifeanyi Onuba The number of bank customers that have registered for the Bank Verification Number rose to 30,655,492 as of Friday. The figure which was obtained from the Nigerian Interbank Settlement System, represents an increase of 2,965,814 customers over the 27,689678 recorded as at the end of last year. Banks have intensified [] 

Sun, 29 Oct 2017
Kamarudeen Ogundele A former Nigerian High Commissioner to Canada, Chief Dare Bejide, has said the only way the Federal Government can stop the governors from mismanaging bailout is to devise a legal means of paying state workers directly from Abuja. Bejide, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party stated this in an interview with journalists [] 

Sun, 29 Oct 2017
John Ameh and Okechukwu Nnodim Members of the House of Representatives admitted on Saturday that the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, was not safe. They asked the Federal Government to declare an emergency on the airport so that a major repair could be carried out there. They were reacting to the position of the Joint [] 

Sun, 29 Oct 2017
Toluwani Eniola Readers of your darling newspaper, SUNDAY PUNCH, have offered to assist an HIV+ mother of three, Rakiya Zubairu, whose pathetic story was published last week Sunday. Zubairu, who was infected with the virus by her late husband, said she had been facing hard times since the husband died. The 35-year-old, who hails from [] 

Sun, 29 Oct 2017
Olaleye Aluko The National Universities Commission has said the 153 universities in the country are insufficient to meet the need of about two million admission seekers yearly. The NUC Executive Secretary, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, said this in Abuja while receiving the Gombe State Governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo, who was in the commission to submit the required [] 

Sun, 29 Oct 2017
The remains of a former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Victor Malu, were buried at about 12.23pm on Saturday in his hometown, Tongov, in the Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State. The late general, who was COAS between 1999 and 2001, died on October 9 in Cairo, Egypt, after a protracted illness. The [] 

Sun, 29 Oct 2017
Troops intercepted Boko Haram suicide bomb squad on Friday and neutralised five terrorists at different locations in Borno north, Nigerian Army said on Saturday. The army spokesman, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, in a statement noted that the intercepted bomb at Ngalle village where one terrorist was neutralised could have been intended for troops or innocent and [] 

Sun, 29 Oct 2017
At least 14 people were killed in coordinated car bombings followed by an attack on a hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday, a security official said. About 14 people, most of them civilians, were confirmed dead so far and the security forces are still working to ensure the area is clear, said security [] 

Sun, 29 Oct 2017
Punch Editorial Board From the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, comes an alarm to Nigerians on the escalation of the illicit trade in organ harvesting in foreign hospitals. This anxiety is underpinned by Egypts recent arraignment of 41 traffickers in this nefarious act. In a letter dated October 11, addressed to the President of the [] 

Sun, 29 Oct 2017
Member, representing Minjibir/Ungogo Federal Constituency of Kano State in the House of Representatives, Bashir Babale, shares his experience in the House with JOHN AMEH Why are you quiet on the floor these days' It is not true that I am quiet. What I have done is to study the situation before I decide on what [] 

Sun, 29 Oct 2017
The immediate past Senate Leader, who was removed in controversial circumstances early this year, Senator Ali Ndume, speaks on his ordeal in the Senate and allegation of attacking a Borno State House of Assembly member among other issues in this interview with SUNDAY ABORISADE How have you been coping outside the Senate' My suspension will [] 

Sun, 29 Oct 2017
Tony Okafor A former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, on Saturday, predicted that the All Progressive Grand Alliance would rule Anambra State for 50 years. Soludo also predicted economic greatness for the state, adding that the development road map of the incumbent governor, Willie Obiano, must be sustained. The economist [] 

Sun, 29 Oct 2017
Ihuoma Chiedozie The All Progressives Congress has sued the Independent National Electoral Commission and the Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission over the November 4, 2017, local government election in Enugu State. The development followed the disqualification of about 73 APC candidates by ENSIEC. In the suit, which was filed before an Enugu Federal High Court [] 

Sun, 29 Oct 2017
Kayode Idowu The people of Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State are divided on the controversy surrounding the alleged attack on a member of the state House of Assembly, Bukar Aliyu, and Senator Ali Ndume. Aliyu, a lawmaker representing Damboa in the Borno State Assembly, recently accused Ndume, who represents Borno South in the [] 

Sun, 29 Oct 2017
Friday Olokor Some elders of the Peoples Democratic Party in Akwa Ibom State have called on those they described as 'professional mudslingers' to desist from spreading falsehood about alleged misunderstanding between Governor Emmanuel Udom and his predecessor, Godswill Akpabio, who is the Senate Minority Leader. The group, under the aegis of Eket Senatorial PDP Leaders' [] 

Sun, 29 Oct 2017
Olufemi Atoyebi and Bayo Akinloye The All Progressives Congress in Oyo State has slammed former Senate President, Adolphus Wabara, for his recent claim that the Peoples Democratic Party will win the governorship election in the state in 2019 'Adolphus Wabara only succeeded in fooling a few members of the PDP faction which played host to [] 

Sun, 29 Oct 2017
Samuel Awoyinfa Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Suraj Adekunbi, and a governorship aspirant from the Yewa-Awori zone, Omooba Tella, have appealed to traditional rulers in the state to support the quest of Ogun West to produce the next governor of the state in 2019. They both spoke separately in their bid to [] 

Sun, 29 Oct 2017
The Chairman, Police Service Commission, Dr. Mike Okiro, in this interview with ADELANI ADEPEGBA talks about allegations of promotion racketeering in the police and policies introduced to set things right among other issues What will you describe as the achievements of the PSC under your leadership' The Police Service Commission was created by an Act [] 

Sun, 29 Oct 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba The Federal Government recorded a 49 per cent shortfall in non-oil revenue needed to finance the 2017 budget, figures obtained from the Budget Office of the Federation have revealed. The figures are contained in the Medium Term Expenditure Framework which was prepared by the Ministry of Budget and National Planning and approved by [] 

Sun, 29 Oct 2017
Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr. (CFA) I am very passionate about start-ups because having more of them is simply one assured way of positioning our country to take full advantage of today's disruptive technologies. On a number of occasions, I had been asked this million dollar question: 'CFA, are you okay being the guy who conducts [] 

Sun, 29 Oct 2017
Anna Okon Nigerian exporters are at the risk of having their supply contracts cancelled by foreign buyers due to delay in shipment of cargoes. Our correspondent gathered from exporters that the delay in shipment was caused by the confusion around the Apapa port, Lagos, where dreadful gridlock in the past few months had affected smooth [] 

Sun, 29 Oct 2017
The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, in this interview with EVEREST AMAEFULE and SOLA FABIYI, talks about various issues in the mining sector, especially the Ajaokuta Steel Plant. At the event you hosted last week, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, painted a picture of the huge [] 

Sun, 29 Oct 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim Transmission Company of Nigeria says it has yet to access the power infrastructure expansion loans totalling $1.5bn from foreign creditors. The company also said power transmission projects were among the highest number of abandoned contracts in the country. The Interim Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, TCN, Usman Mohammed, faulted the position of the House [] 

Sun, 29 Oct 2017
Ozioma Ubabukoh The United States Agency for International Development and three other organisations will henceforth train farmers, workers and small agricultural businesses in Kaduna State by leveraging the expertise of volunteers. The three other organisations that are working with USAID in the project are Nestl Nigeria Plc, Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance, and VEGA Member [] 

Sun, 29 Oct 2017
Oil workers, under the aegis of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, have called on stakeholders, especially the government to embark on a number of coordinated steps to resolve some of the problems affecting the oil and gas industry. The workers gave the position in a communiqu issued at the end [] 

Sun, 29 Oct 2017
Ife Ogunfuwa As part of its commitment to support the Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in Africa, Facebook has inaugurated its Nigerian SME Council, the first of its kind on the continent. The Nigerian SME Council is made up of 15 SME owners selected from various sectors and locations across the country, including Lagos, Abuja, Enugu [] 

Sun, 29 Oct 2017
Muyiwa Olumilua Restructuring is not the complete and utter breakup/ breakdown of a system. Because of the arbitrary use of the term in the media, restructuring has come to mean different things to different people. To some politicians, restructuring means a dismantling of the status quo and an avenue to strip them of all access [] 

Sun, 29 Oct 2017
Sonala Olumhense You know a government is cornered when there is a fresh crisis with every passing day, and chaos appears to run the government. In Nigeria the government of President Muhammadu Buhari fits this description as it appears to be floundering, grasping at straws, and gasping for air as it lurches from one awful [] 

Never celebrate too early
Sun, 29 Oct 2017
Seni Adetu Listening to Nigerian business leaders over the last two years, it was obvious there was little to celebrate. The confession of times are hard increasingly sounded like the output of a broken record. Morale was low and there was dropping of heads as the headwinds hit hard. It was incredibly tough to not [] 

Sun, 29 Oct 2017
Kaine Agary With all the political shenanigans in the news, it would be easy to miss the news that another student was expelled from an institution of higher education for essentially raising issues concerning student welfare with the school administration. Throughout history, students have been a catalyst for social and political change. Students in higher [] 

Sun, 29 Oct 2017
Minabere Ibelema I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God. These words changed the course of world history, and this Tuesday marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of that history. Yes, with the [] 

Sun, 29 Oct 2017
Onoshe Nwabuikwu The Africa International Film Festival has returned for its 7th season. There was never any doubt about the festival returning for its usual annual event. The best part of this news is that AFRIFF begins today, October 29, and runs till November 4, in Lagos. In what promises to be an exciting time [] 

Sun, 29 Oct 2017
Ihuoma Chiedozie A 22-year-old lady, identified as Rebecca Tina, is being held by the police in Enugu for killing her uncle, Friday Mathew. Mathew was murdered at the Independence Layout area of Enugu on Thursday. Tina, an indigene of Ikot Udobang Ukanafon, Akwa Ibom State, was arrested by the operatives of New Haven Police Station, [] 

Sun, 29 Oct 2017
Ogbonnaya Ikokwu The Assistant Comptroller- General, Zone E, Nigeria Prisons Service, Mr. Alloy Uchenwa, says the presence of members of the Indigenous People of Biafra in various prisons in the zone has compounded the conditions within the prisons. Uchenwa spoke at the Abia State office of the zone after a meeting with the officers of [] 

Sun, 29 Oct 2017
Chukwudi Akasike Tragedy occurred on Saturday at the Eleme axis of the East-West Road, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, as a utility truck crushed four persons to death. An eyewitness told SUNDAY PUNCH that the four persons were occupants of a commercial tricycle that were heading to different destinations. It was gathered that the truck, loaded [] 

Sun, 29 Oct 2017
The Nigerian Army on Saturday said no fewer than 399 suspects were arrested for various offences during the Exercise Crocodile Smile 2 in Lagos and Ogun states. The 35 Artillery Brigade Commander, Brig. Gen. Bassey Adonkie, disclosed this at the closing ceremony of the Crocodile Smile 2 held at 192 Battalion, Ajilete, Ogun State. He [] 

Sun, 29 Oct 2017
Tofarati Ige & Olushola Ricketts Although Big Brother Naija star, Bisola Aiyeola, has come out to deny being in a romantic relationship with 21-year-old Jeff Akoh, questions are still being asked. People are yet to accept it was just a publicity stunt as she later claimed. Recall that 31-year-old Bisola went on Twitter to declare [] 

Sun, 29 Oct 2017
Oluwafemi is a son of celebrated Nollywood actress, Mrs. Idowu Philips, otherwise called Iya Rainbow. He talks about his mothers career with GBENGA ADENIJI Tell us about yourself. I am the fourth child. I was born and grew up in Lagos. I attended primary and secondary schools in the state before proceeding to the University [] 

Sun, 29 Oct 2017
There is no doubt that comedy is a lucrative business in Nigeria. Top comedians keep laughing all the way to the banks, and one sometimes wonder how they are able to stay creative and innovative over the years. However, many of them have the right support on the home front; not surprising that they have [] 
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