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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [9 NOVEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 9 November, 2017.

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
TheRE was controversy on Wednesday over a contract deal totalling $1.4m awarded by the Ministry of Defence for a United Nations project.

While an online report alleged that the Minister of Defence, Brig. Gen. Munir Dan-Ali, and three senior officials of the ministry were involved in a messy scandal, the Defence ministry spokesman, Col. Tukur Gusau, said the contract in question followed due process.

He also said the project had been completed and ready for inspection by a team that would leave Nigeria for Mali.


 
Gusau’s statement was in response to a report published by TheCable, an online newspaper.

The Cable’s report captioned, ‘General detained as another scandal rocks Buhari’s government,’  had stated that Dan-Ali, the immediate past permanent secretary of the ministry, Danjuma Nanfo; and the coordinator of peacekeeping, Brig. Gen LYM Hassan, were being questioned in connection with disbursement of $1.4m meant for a UN project.

It had also reported that Hassan was in detention and facing court-martial.

But, in a press statement, the Defence Ministry’s spokesman said, “The fact of the matter is that the procedure of awarding contracts by the ministry is in line with the existing procurement act of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

“The said contract has already been successfully executed and the contractor has requested a team from the Ministry of Defence and the Defence Headquarters to carry out a completion inspection of the project.

“The team is due in Mali soon. There is no fraud in the process. The case of the said army general currently standing trial at the army court-martial has no connection with the award of any contract by the ministry.”

Gusau’s statement was, however, silent on other allegations contained in TheCable report. The statement did not mention anything about the last minute change of contractors and the request for $500m variation.

It also did not address the request by the United Nations that Nigeria withdraw its troops serving in the peacekeeping mission, as well as the loss of the position to Rwanda.

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
The Director General of Rochas Okorocha Foundation, Mrs. Uloma Nwosu, has stated that the Liberian President, Mrs. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, will visit Owerri, the Imo State capital, on Thursday (today) as a guest of the foundation. Nwosu said Johnson-Sirleaf was invited because she shared in the foundations ideal to focus attention on the plight of the [] 

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari and the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, on Wednesday embraced publicly before the commencement of the meeting of the Federal Executive Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The development came a week after the two top government officials [] 

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna orkers led by the Nigeria Labour Congress President, Ayuba Wabba, on Wednesday halted activities in Kaduna State as they protested against the sacking of 21,870 primary schoolteachers who failed a primary four competency test conducted by the state government in June. The Kaduna State Universal Education Board had on Sunday released the [] 

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Senate ad hoc committee investigating the controversial reinstatement of the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdul-Rasheed Maina, into the service of the Federal Government on Wednesday met with the officials of the Federal Civil Service Commission behind closed doors. The committee had invited members of the Senate [] 

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
Afeez Hanafi The Lagos State Acting Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, has distanced the command from the arrest of popular cross-dresser, Idris Okuneye, nicknamed Bobrisky, saying no report was made against her. Edgal, who spoke with our correspondent on the telephone on Wednesday, said, I dont know about the arrest, and the command did not [] 


Thu, 09 Nov 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal Government, on Wednesday, urged the Federal High Court in Abuja to make an order of interim forfeiture to enable it to take over the assets and the headquarters of the Peace Corps of Nigeria, in Abuja, pending the determination of the criminal case against the group and its commandant, Dickson [] 

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Senate on Wednesday began an investigation into the alleged plan by the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to secure the release of $350m domiciled in the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority to finance electricity projects. The lawmakers specifically criticised the ministry for allegedly spending $35m out of the money on power [] 

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, on Wednesday appeared before the Senate ad hoc committee investigating the allegations levelled against him by lawmaker representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District, Senator Isa Misau. The police boss, was accompanied by his lawyer, Dr. Alex Iziyon (SAN); and the Special Assistant to the President [] 

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Senate has said that, based on the smooth relationship, which the newly appointed Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, has established with the chamber, it will allow a gentlemans discussion on the alleged illegal extension of the tenure of the Chairman of the Board of the Niger Delta [] 

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
Adelani Adepegba , Abuja Movements on major roads in Abuja were blocked on Wednesday by taxi drivers protesting against alleged shooting of their colleague by men of the Joint Task Force at Wuse, a commercial hub in the city. The angry protesters made bonfires on the Murtala Muhammed Expressway, the Herbert Macaulay Way and Berger [] 

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
Chux Ohai The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has said that it delisted about 72 designated Computer-based test centres for engaging in various acts of misconduct during the 2017 Unified Tertiary and Matriculations Examination held in different parts of the country. The Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, disclosed this in Lagos at a meeting [] 

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Senate has blamed the Central Bank of Nigeria in its investigation of the alleged illegal repatriation of $13.9bn by telecommunication giant, MTN. Adopting the report by the Committee on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions on the probe at the plenary on Wednesday, the Senate accused the CBN of laxity, leading [] 

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved N5.6bn for the third quarter soil erosion, controlled accelerated intervention projects for six states in different geopolitical zones in the country. The approval was given at the councils meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The Special Adviser to the [] 

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
Olaleye Aluko with agency report The police in Italy have arrested and charged two men, Al Mabrouc Harar and Mohamed Al Bouzid, to court over the deaths of 26 Nigerian women while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea. This is just as the Nigerias anti-trafficking agency, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in [] 

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
Friday Olokor, Jos About 11 persons have been confirmed dead during an attack carried out by unknown gunmen at Rim Dyan community junction in Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State. The PUNCH was informed that four persons were seriously wounded during the attack which took place on Tuesday evening. Those injured are currently receiving [] 

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
Adeniyi Olugbemi, Sokoto The Federal Government is targeting no fewer than 15 million jobs for unemployed youths by 2020. This was disclosed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (Industrialisation), Sani Yakubu, during the ninth Meeting of the National Council on Industry Trade and Investment held in Sokoto. [] 

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Wednesday inaugurated a new road linking the premises of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital from Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way in Ikeja. Ambode, who also inspected the progress of work on the LASUTH Maternity Hospital, popularly known as Ayinke House, instructed contractors handling the project to [] 

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
Afeez Hanafi The Association of National Accountants of Nigeria, Lagos State chapter, has asked its members to display high level of integrity. The newly-elected Chairman of the association, Ikeja branch, Lagos, Bernard Akinnola, gave the advice during the election of new executive members of the association. Akinnola in a statement on Wednesday said members of [] 

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
Afeez Hanafi The Lagos State Security Trust Fund has asked private security companies and corporate organisations to partner the government in securing lives and property in the state. The Executive Secretary of the LSSTF, Dr Abdurrazaq Balogun, noted that there was no alternative to the present public private partnership for the funding of security in [] 

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
John Ameh, Abuja The House of Representatives on Wednesday resolved to investigate the N115bn tax liabilities allegedly owed by Federal Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies. The House also noted that many commercial banks defaulted in making remittances of Withholding Tax and Value Added Tax that they collected on behalf of the Federal Inland Revenue Service. [] 

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta The Majority Leader of Ogun State House of Assembly, Yinka Mafe, has said he has instructed his lawyer to institute a legal action against the Nigeria Police Ogun State Command over an alleged attack on him on Tuesday night. The lawmaker claimed that over 50 security officers loaded in eight vehicles invaded [] 

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
Oladimeji Ramon The Head of Corporate Communications, Innoson Group, Cornel Osigwe, says the four counts filed by the police against the company before the Federal High Court in Lagos are trumped-up charges. Osigwe claimed in a statement on Wednesday that the Inspector-General of Police, who filed the charges on December 21, 2015, at the instance [] 

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
Afeez Hanafi The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Tuesday urged youths to partner the commission in the fight against cybercrime. A representative of the agency, Alex Ogbole, spoke in Ikeja at an event tagged, Youth against crimes, which had students in attendance. The event was organised by Female Journalists Leadership Project under the auspices [] 

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
Celebrity chef and restaurateur Antonio Carluccio, whose television programmes and books were credited with turning British households on to Italian cooking, died on Wednesday aged 80. The London-based Carluccio was known for his namesake restaurant chain and his nurturing of the Naked chef Jamie Oliver, who became an even greater television star. It is with [] 

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
ONCE again, West Africas laboured bid to forge economic integration came unstuck recently when the leaders failed to agree on a possible date for the introduction of a common currency for the sub-region. At a meeting of the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States held in Niamey, Niger Republic, the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, [] 

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna The Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Walid Jibrin, has ruled out granting automatic ticket to former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar to contest the 2019 presidential election on the platform of the party. He said should Atiku return to the party as being speculated in some quarters, he and [] 

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
Oladimeji Ramon The Nigerian Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), has challenged judges on better case management to address the problem of slow justice dispensation. He said despite the passage of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015, criminal cases were still moving at a snail's pace in the courts largely due to poor case management. [] 

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
Femi Asu Four of the nation's power plants shut down this week, making the number of idle plants to rise to nine. The number of power plants that did not generate any megawatts rose from five on Sunday to eight on Monday and one more shut down on Tuesday, the latest data from the Federal [] 

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
Everest Amaefule, Ifeanyi Onuba and Okechukwu Nnodim Finance and economic experts on Wednesday commended the Federal Government for increasing allocation to some key sectors of the economy such as power, works and housing; industry, trade and investment; transportation, water resources, agriculture and rural development. The Federal Government in the 2018 budget proposal submitted to the [] 

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
Akinpelu Dada The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria has cautioned the Federal Government against selling profitable oil and gas assets as scrap to fund the 2018 budget. The trade union expressed its support to other models of funding the budget aside from selling the oil and gas assets, and called on [] 

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Senate has again shifted the time for the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill from this year to the first quarter of 2018 on the premise that the National Assembly has a lot of work to do in order to ensure the early passage of next year's Appropriation Bill. According to [] 

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The Federal Government on Wednesday faulted the downgrading of Nigeria from B1 stable to B2 stable by Moody's Sovereign Rating. In a statement issued in Abuja by the Debt Management Office on behalf of the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank of Nigeria, the government said the premise for the rating [] 

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Managing Director, Niger Delta Exploration and Production Plc, Dr. Layi Fatona, has revealed plans by the company to expand capacity and begin refining aviation fuel locally. Fatona said on Wednesday at the Nigerian Academy of Engineering's public lecture in Lagos that the company planned to expand its refinery located in Ogbele, Ahoada [] 

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja will before the end of this week get safety and security certification from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, a source close to the regulatory organisation has said. According to the source, the airport, which began operations about 15 years ago, recently got a pass mark in security, [] 

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Federal Government on Wednesday called on the ECOWAS Commission as well as Nigeria's technical and developmental partners to continue to participate fully in the efforts to develop the Regional Accreditation System. The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah, said this at the Constitutive Meetings of the Regional Accreditation System [] 

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
The Lagos State Commissioner for Wealth Creation, Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti; business consultant, Dr. Austin Nweze, and Chief Executive Officer of Anchor General Insurance Agency, Ademayowa Adeduro, are among speakers slated for Lagos Money Conference on Saturday. The annual conference, one of the largest events dedicated to financial literacy in Lagos, is holding at the Indoor Sports [] 

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Central Bank of Nigeria says it has formed strategic partnerships with agricultural commodity associations in the country in its effort to expand the implementation of the Anchor Borrowers' Programme. The Acting Director, Corporate Communications Department, CBN, Mr. Isaac Okorafor, said in a statement that the decision to enter into strategic partnerships [] 

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
: 'Femi Asu The Nigerian Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association has said the national LPG policy will spur a revolution in the LPG industry, urging the Federal Government to ensure full implementation of the policy to the benefit of the country. The NLPGA also advised its members to tap into the over $10bn investment opportunities to [] 

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
Mudiaga Affe, Calabar The National Electricity Regulatory Commission on Wednesday called on government agencies in charge of houses to stop approving building plans under high tension in other to avoid cases of electrocution. The Vice-Chairman of NERC, Mr. Sanusi Garba, who made the call during the unveiling of Calabar forum office of NERC, specifically advised [] 

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
The Chairman, Heirs Holding, Tony Elumelu, will be the guest speaker at this year's Lagos Business School Alumni Day, scheduled to hold in Lagos on November 16. Elumelu, who is also chairman of UBA Group and Transcorp Plc, will lead discussions on the 'Effects of multiple regulations and taxation on business growth in Nigeria.' The [] 

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
Stanley Opara Ecobank Transnational Incorporated Plc says its shareholders in Nigeria can still receive their dividend in naira as earlier announced in 2016. This came after some shareholders of the company, at a capital market stakeholders' forum held at the Nigerian Stock Exchange, reported difficulties faced by them in their quest to get the naira [] 

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
The CITC has maintained that good corporate governance structure in listed companies and other corporate entities is strongly dependent on leadership. The body stressed this as it launched a centre to accelerate leadership development in Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa. Its governing council members, advisory board members and faculty members were also formally unveiled at the [] 

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
The Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics has won an award as the free zone of the year in the fDi magazine annual award. A statement from LADOL said the agency was also named the premier destination for education and training. The agency was said to have been recognised for the third consecutive year among more than [] 

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
Anna Okon The Lagos State Waterways Authority says it has given boat operators in the state two weeks to fix their faulty boats or stop plying the waterways. The Managing Director of LASWA, Mr. Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, stated this in Lagos on Tuesday during the LASWA/Lagos State Emergency Management Agency sensitisation campaign and simulation exercise to [] 

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
Rubitec Nigeria Limited, a Nigeria company involved in the distribution, installation, maintenance of solar energy projects, said it had trained participants from various solar energy companies in the use of quality solar panels for energy projects. It said in a statement that the training, which was held in Lagos, was organised in collaboration with its [] 

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
Stakeholders have highlighted the need for companies in the extractive industry to adopt contemporary community engagement models in their operations. They spoke at a workshop on contemporary community engagement models in the oil and gas sector organised in Lagos by New Nigeria Foundation. The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, New Nigeria Foundation, Prof. Femi Ajibola, said [] 

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
The Nigeria Customs Service, Seme command, said it facilitated the exportation of N9.9bn goods across the Seme border between January and October. The command said it also generated N5.3bn in revenue in the same period even as the government had stopped the importation of rice and used cars through Seme border. The Public Relations Officer [] 

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
Oando Plc has said the newly unveiled Lagos midstream jetty built by OVH Energy Limited would save the country $50m yearly. The company described the jetty as West Africa's first privately owned mid-stream jetty, conceived by Oando to increase the delivery capacity and offloading efficiency of petroleum products into marketers' storage facilities in Apapa Lagos. [] 
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