NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [14 JULY, 2017].

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Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 14 July, 2017.

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Fri, 14 Jul 2017
SPEAKER of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, recently reignited public attention towards the vexed issue of rampant insecurity, the apparent weakness of the Nigeria Police and the consequent deployment of the military to take up the slack. Not only are lives and property at risk with ineffective policing, the country’s sovereignty and survival of [] 
Fri, 14 Jul 2017
Oyefeso Oluwafemi In the course of the week, I was having a discussion with a friend who works for an alternative energy start-up, deploying solar panels and systems to the homes of retail customers with a payment model based on monthly subscriptions. The organisation was torn between growing rapidly by outsourcing its installations to third-party [] 
Fri, 14 Jul 2017
Oyetunji Abioye and Stanley Opara The Federal Government has engaged Kroll, a United Kingdom-based forensic and assets-tracing firm, and some other foreign firms to trace the assets of very wealthy Nigerians at home and abroad. The names of 150 very wealthy Nigerians are on the list for the first batch of the exercise, which is [] 
Fri, 14 Jul 2017
Femi Asu The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has said Nigerians should stop going to court to stop electricity tariff review, describing the planned review as necessary. Fashola stated this on Thursday at a public lecture organised by the Department of Economics, University of Lagos, where he spoke on the power [] 
Fri, 14 Jul 2017
Anna Okon The Managing Director, Phillips Morris Limited, Nigeria, Mr. Coskun Dicle, has said that the stable democracy in Nigeria is attracting global investors to the country. Dicle said this while unveiling plans of the firm for local manufacturing in Nigeria, noting that Africa was at the forefront of investment focus for many international companies [] 

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Fri, 14 Jul 2017
Stanley Opara The country’s oil/gas and industrial sectors emerged as the top two gainers at the close of trading on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange on Thursday after equities appreciated by N91bn. The NSE oil/gas index recorded the highest gain of 2.82 per cent, followed by the NSE industrial index, which appreciated by [] 
Fri, 14 Jul 2017
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The Nigerian Aviation Handling Company on Thursday announced a turnover of N7.8bn. At its 36th Annual General Meeting in Abuja, NAHCO also announced the payment of 22 kobo dividend for every share held in the company. The company declared a profit after tax of N583m as the board approved the payment of [] 
Fri, 14 Jul 2017
Stanley Opara Equity Assurance Plc has recorded a group loss before tax of N242.4m for the 2016 full year. This, however, is an improvement over its 2015 financial result where the firm recorded a loss before tax of N508.5m. This was contained in the firm’s financial results filed with the Nigerian Stock Exchange on Thursday. [] 
Fri, 14 Jul 2017
Sterling Bank Plc and DAAR Communication Plc, owners of Ray Power FM and Africa Independent Television Television, have announced a strategic partnership aimed at keeping Nigeria clean and safe through mass awareness campaigns on environmental sustainability. The objective of the strategic partnership is to boost the amplification of the Sterling Environment Makeover initiative’s message on [] 
Fri, 14 Jul 2017
Oyetunji Abioye The Central Bank of Nigeria is planning to issue N204.95bn in treasury bills at an auction on July 19. The bank is aiming to raise N36.78bn in three-month bills, N39.17bn in six-month paper and N129bn in one-year bills. The CBN issues treasury bills twice a month to finance its budget deficit, curb money [] 
Fri, 14 Jul 2017
DavoDani Microfinance Bank has offered to partner the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria in the provision of the micro, medium and small-scale financial services to the institute’s members and staff under the Institute Entrepreneurial Empowerment Initiative. The bank made the offer when its board and management paid a courtesy visit to the President, ICAN, [] 
Fri, 14 Jul 2017
The First City Monument Bank Limited has emerged as the Best Environmental Supporting Financial Institution in Africa at the African Clean-up Award for Excellence 2017 held in Ghana. The award, held on Saturday, was organised by the African Clean-up Initiative and endorsed by Let’s Do It World Clean-up Foundation in Estonia. It recognises and honours [] 
Fri, 14 Jul 2017
Ecobank Nigeria has announced the availability of its naira-denominated MasterCard for international transactions as well as increased daily limits customers can spend on their payment cards. As a result, the daily spending limits for international payments on the Point of Sale terminal and online channels increased from $100 to $1,000 for its platinum card customers. [] 
Fri, 14 Jul 2017
Akinpelu Dada with agency report The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has stated that the Federal Government will honour the 36-year concession agreement it signed with Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited in respect of the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal Two in Lagos. He also said that contrary to the 12 years’ concession period [] 
Fri, 14 Jul 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Federal Government and the government of China are developing strategies to improve the level of trade between both countries, which stood at about $15bn at the end of 2016. The President, China Chamber of Commerce in Nigeria, Mr. Ye Shuijin, disclosed this during the unveiling of the chamber’s building in Abuja [] 
Fri, 14 Jul 2017
Ozioma Ubabukoh Etisalat Nigeria on Thursday changed its brand name to 9Mobile. The change of name, it was gathered, was approved at a management meeting, with the public relations consultant to the telco, Chain Reactions, confirming the development. Chain Reactions, promised to send in an official statement to that effect but had yet to do [] 
Fri, 14 Jul 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Ministry of Finance on Thursday said that the Federal Government would continue to borrow from foreign and domestic financial institutions to fund its programmes. The ministry stated this in a statement issued on Thursday by the Director of Information, Mr. Salisu Dambatta. The statement contradicts the comment of the Minister of [] 
Fri, 14 Jul 2017
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja John Ameh, Abuja Barely 24 hours after the Federal Government announced a proposal of N2.7tn to offset accumulated local debts and other services, the House of Representatives on Thursday demanded the details of the plan. Lawmakers passed a resolution asking the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, to appear before them in [] 
Fri, 14 Jul 2017
Ted Odogwu, Kano The Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, on Wednesday said Kano would not have risen to become a commercial nerve centre to reckon with without the presence of the Igbo and other ethnic nationalities. He also blamed the elite for the ongoing agitations by some sections of the country to secede. Ganduje [] 
Fri, 14 Jul 2017
A credit card is a tool, much like a hammer or any other equipment. And yet, this useful financial instrument is anathema to many borrowers, especially young adults, according to www.time.com. Nearly 70 per cent of millennials, for instance, prefer debit to credit, according to a recent survey by Chime. A blind refusal to adopt [] 
Fri, 14 Jul 2017
Anna Okon Cloud Exchange West Africa, formerly known as Dimension Data Nigeria Limited, has signed a partnership agreement with Huawei Technology Company Nigeria Limited, a subsidiary of Huawei International, making Cloud Exchange Huawei’s only Tier 1 Value Added Partner in Nigeria and West Africa. According to a statement from the firm, the partnership is a [] 
Fri, 14 Jul 2017
The Nigerian Breweries Plc has introduced its first zobo-flavoured alcoholic drink, Ace Desire, to the Nigerian market. The Marketing Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Mr. Franco Maria Maggi, described the new product as a sophisticated blend of spirit, natural Hibiscus or zobo extracts. He spoke at the launch of the product in Lagos, saying, ‘This rich [] 
Fri, 14 Jul 2017
The African Chicken Genetic Gain has indicated that it is on a mission to enhance food security through rural farming. The Project Leader, ACGG, Prof. Funso Sonaiya, stated that this would be achieved through the transformation of smallholder chicken production into commercially viable enterprise with active private sector engagement that could empower rural women, increase [] 
Fri, 14 Jul 2017
The Poultry Association of Nigeria has expressed concerns over the 27 per cent interest rate available for lending to the agricultural sector, noting that it is not viable for the poultry industry. The President of the association, Mr. Ayoola Oduntan, stated this during the 2017 Poultry Summit in Lagos. He explained that the industry already [] 
Fri, 14 Jul 2017
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta The Standards Organisation of Nigeria has warned manufacturers in the country that have inscribed fake Nigeria Industrial Standard and Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme marks on their products to desist from such act or be ready to face the wrath of the law. The Director-General, SON, Anthony Aboloma, gave the warning in Ota, [] 
Fri, 14 Jul 2017
Anna Okon Nigeria is currently the biggest supplier of Sesame Seed to Japan. The Deputy Trade Commissioner of Japan External Trade Organisation, Chiharu Yamamura, said this while making a presentation at a seminar and selection exercise for participation of Nigerian food and beverage exporters in the 43rd edition of the International Food and Beverage Exhibition [] 
Fri, 14 Jul 2017
Anna Okon Funtuna Food and Bottling Company, a subsidiary of Funtuna Holdings Group, has introduced a new innovation into its egg production process. The firm, a member of International Egg Commission, said it was inspired by trends witnessed during an international food exhibition to introduce the first-ever coloured boiled eggs into the Nigerian market. Speaking [] 
Fri, 14 Jul 2017
The pan-African online network REDTV has received nominations in several categories in the prestigious Nigerian Entertainment Awards. The lifestyle entertainment network said to be powered by the United Bank for Africa was nominated for the Best TV Show, the Best TV (Lifestyle) Presenter and two other nominations in the category of the Best Lead TV. [] 
Fri, 14 Jul 2017
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The Nigerian Aviation Handling Company on Thursday announced a turnover of N7.8bn. At its 36th Annual General Meeting in Abuja, the company also announced the payment of 22 kobo dividend for every share held in the company. The company declared a Profit after Tax of N583m as the board approved the payment [] 

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Fri, 14 Jul 2017
Festus Abu Liverpool and Tottenham have reportedly joined the growing list of suitors in the race for Super Eagles attacking midfielder Moses Simon. Reports in the British media on Wednesday claimed that Premier League newcomers Brighton had an 8.4m bid turned down for the player by his Belgian club Gent, who have slapped a 13m [] 
Fri, 14 Jul 2017
Tana Aiyejina The Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has raised the prize money for the 3rd Lagos International Badminton Classics from $15,000 to $20,000. The tournament has been scheduled to hold from July 26 to 29 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos. Chairman, Lagos State Badminton Association, Francis Orbih, said at a press conference [] 
Fri, 14 Jul 2017
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has said there is no truth to rumours that he is considering resigning from his post. Reports on Wednesday claimed that the German was frustrated by the NFF’s Technical Committee’s attempts to interfere in his team selection, and could tender his resignation as early as next week. ‘I have seen [] 
Fri, 14 Jul 2017
Five-time champion Venus Williams rolled back the years to reach her first Wimbledon final since 2009 with a clinically-executed 6-4 6-2 victory over home hope Johanna Konta on Thursday, while Spain’s Garbine Muguruza reached her second Wimbledon final in three years with a thumping 6-1 6-1 win over Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova, Reuters reports. Konta was [] 
Fri, 14 Jul 2017
Tana Aiyejina The National Basketball Association and the National Basketball Players Association on Thursday announced the full rosters for the NBA Africa Game 2017, the league’s second game in Africa, which will take place on August 5 at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg, South Africa. The NBA Africa Game 2017, which takes place following the [] 
Fri, 14 Jul 2017
Mudiaga Affe, Calabar The Cross River State Sports Commission has berated the Federal Government for alleged poor treatment meted out to the state women’s table tennis team (Canaan Queens) that represented Nigeria at the just-concluded 2017 African Club Table Tennis Championships in Agadir, Morocco. Egypt’s Alhy defeated Canaan Queens 3-1 in the final to retain [] 
Fri, 14 Jul 2017
Barcelona have agreed a deal to sign Benfica right-back Nelson Semedo on a five-year deal, the Spanish club announced on Thursday. Barcelona said Semedo would undergo a medical on Friday after Spanish press reports said they had agreed to pay a transfer fee of 30 million euros (26.4 million, $34.2 million). The deal for the [] 
Fri, 14 Jul 2017
Fola Ojo He was God’s archangel in the beginning. His coveted position as the topmost musicologist was incontrovertible. His ace desire was to be the Commander-In-Chief. He dreamt of a day he would have the whole of heaven and earth woven around his fingers in subjugation and control. Then in rebellion, he rallied two-thirds of [] 
Fri, 14 Jul 2017
Ayo Olukotun ‘Paucity of funds alone does not tell the full story of the non-performance of Nigerian universities. The governance system is as important, if not more important. A university that has all the funds it needs, but is deficient in governance capacity is almost certainly going to shipwreck’ A former Vice-Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin [] 
Fri, 14 Jul 2017
Soyombo Opeyemi ‘IBA- For Those Who Went Before’, the preamble to the memoirs of Prof. Wole Soyinka, You Must Set Forth At Dawn, is a narration of the author’s sombre cogitations while aboard a Lufthansa Airlines destined to swing over the old city of Lagos after five years of exile imposed on the playwright by [] 
Fri, 14 Jul 2017
Cosmas Odoemena Tunde, Uche, Ejiro, Ahmed, Omo, Ade and Ngozi are all between the ages of 24 and 35 years. Only three of them have a job, and even then, they are still sending out their resumes and attending any available interview in the hope of landing better paying ones. Two of them are doing [] 
Fri, 14 Jul 2017
Tunji Ajibade The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, made an observation recently. It was about national security and the military. Dogara was at an event organised by his fellow lawmakers in collaboration with another entity. There he expressed his worries that Nigeria was permanently in a state of emergency. This was because [] 
Fri, 14 Jul 2017
Afeez Hanafi A 34-year-old commercial driver in Amoshe town, Meiran, Lagos State, has been detained by the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, for allegedly killing his wife. PUNCH Metro learnt that the suspect, identified only as Benjamin, beat his wife to death for allegedly getting drunk. It was said that the victim, Stella, [] 
Fri, 14 Jul 2017
Samson Folarin The General Hospital, Apapa, Lagos State, became a centre of public attention on Thursday as residents, motorcycle riders and passersby thronged the facility to catch a glimpse of three primary school pupils, who were allegedly defiled by a security guard. The three victims, identified simply as Mistura, Yinka and Mary, had reportedly been [] 
Fri, 14 Jul 2017
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Government has suspended the Baale of Shangisha, in the Magodo area of the state, Chief Yusuf Ogundare, for allegedly faking his kidnap. PUNCH Metro had reported that the baale was kidnapped on July 5 on the Centre for Management Development Road, in the Ikosi-Isheri Local Council Development Area. However, Governor [] 
Fri, 14 Jul 2017
Afeez Hanafi The conduct of some Federal Road Safety Corps officials, who smashed the window glass of a car and tried to apply its handbrake while in motion, has incurred public ire. The officials had resorted to force in an attempt to arrest the driver of the car for allegedly breaking a traffic rule along [] 
Fri, 14 Jul 2017
The management of the Federal Polytechnic, Idah, Kogi State, on Thursday closed down the sch0ol following the killing of a student of the institution by suspected robbers. It was gathered that the Higher National Diploma II Computer Science student of the polytechnic, identified as Gabriel Adikwu, was on Saturday stabbed to death in his lodge [] 
Fri, 14 Jul 2017
Ted Odogwu, Kano The police in Kano on Thursday paraded 13 robbery suspects including a 30-year-old notorious armed robber, Yusuf Umar, who was clad in a military camouflage. The suspects were caught after a robbery operation at Tokarawa Village in Kano. The Kano Police Command spokesman, DSP Magaji Majiya, explained that the Special Anti-Robbery Squad [] 
Fri, 14 Jul 2017
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The police have arrested seven suspected kidnappers said to have been terrorising commuters along Kaduna-Abuja highway. The suspects are Ibrahim Gurgu, 45; Abdulazeez Idris, 40; Shuaibu Ibrahim, aka Kadi, 29; Ibrahim Isiyaku, 30; Usman Datti, 30; Kabiru Musa, 27 and Haruna Umar, 24 years old. Items recovered from them include one Ak47 [] 

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