NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [30 JANUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 30 January, 2018.

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
The Independent National Electoral Commission says the growing number of political parties may pose challenges for the commission in the 2019 general elections.

The Chief Technical Adviser to the INEC Chairman, Prof. Bolade Eyinla, said this in Abuja on Monday at a retreat organised by the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru.


 
While delivering a keynote address at the event, which was titled, ‘The Dynamics of Managing Political Parties Professionally,’ Eyinla said so far, 68 political parties had been registered.

Eyinla, who represented INEC, said with over 100 political associations seeking registration, the number might increase before the elections which could cause logistical problems, including the production of ballot papers.

The INEC official said if 68 parties participated in the elections, it could also mean that a total of 68 party agents would be at each polling unit, which could cause the elections to be rowdy.

“Currently there are 68 registered political parties in Nigeria. As of today, there are more than100 associations that have applied to INEC to register as political parties. This raises a number of questions which we want this retreat to address,” he said.

Eyinla further stated that he did not know whether INEC would be able to monitor the congresses, conventions and primaries of all parties contesting over 1,000 elective positions each across the nation.

He added, “We are also going to be challenged if these 68 political parties and counting continue this way. We are just a commission. I cannot begin to imagine even as the technical adviser, how we will divide ourselves to monitor party conventions and primaries of 68 political parties across the length and breadth of this country.

“Already we have envisaged some of these challenges and we are coming up with strategies to deal with them in our election project plan.

“Ancillary to this is the fact that political party agents will also increase. I can imagine 68 political party agents in a polling unit. I think these are issues that we have to manage; but most importantly, how do we manage the ballot for 68 political parties?”


 
Eyinla said if any registered political party is mistakenly omitted from the ballot paper, it could lead to the total cancellation of the exercise.

The INEC official said, “I think perhaps one of the largest ballots that I have seen is that of Afghanistan where the ballot paper is nearly the size of a prayer mat.

“Given our level of literacy, I think that is going to be a major challenge and as we know, the question of exclusion is a major issue in the electoral process.

“The chairman was literally sleeping and waking with the ballot for Anambra State election to ensure that no party was excluded; to ensure that the names and logo of the parties were correct because any slip could nullify the election. So, I think there is a challenge with managing the ballot that will come with the increasing number of political parties.”

The INEC official called on the National Assembly to make necessary changes to the electoral legal framework before July, saying doing so less than six months to the elections would be in contravention of ECOWAS protocol on democracy.

In his address, however, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, said the multiplicity of political parties was good for democracy.

Saraki, who was represented by Senator Abdullahi Sabi, called on political parties to ensure that neglected groups, including women and persons living with disabilities, were integrated into party structures.

In his remarks, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, said there was a need for parties to have ideologies as this would strengthen democracy and engender good governance.

Reps ask INEC to submit poll budget in 30 days

Members of the House of Representatives on Monday directed INEC to submit the estimates for the 2019 general elections to the National Assembly within 30 days.

The lawmakers said INEC appeared to be foot-dragging on preparations for the polls despite releasing the timetable.

They spoke at a 2018 budget defence session with the Chairman of the commission, Mr. Yakubu Mahmud, at the National Assembly, Abuja.

He appeared before the House Committee on Electoral and Political Party Matters.

The committee is chaired by an All Progressives Congress member from Gombe State, Mrs. Aisha Dukku.

Mahmud came to defend INEC’s regular budget of N45.5bn for 2018, but excluded the budget for the 2019 polls.

He told the session that the commission would come up with the 2019 budget as soon as all possible expenditure heads had been factored into the plans for the polls.

But, members, taken back by the statement, warned that a lot of things could go wrong if INEC kept delaying, considering the fact that it had to deal with 68 registered political parties.

They also did not rule out the fact that more political parties would be registered before 2019, a development that could add to the electoral umpire’s headaches.

A member from Rivers State, Mrs. Betty Apiafi, told Mahmud that they had expected that the 2019 polls would preoccupy the commission ahead of other considerations.

She said, “The elections are almost here. There should be a budget. The commission should come up with the budget within 30 days.

“It is better to come up with a budget to work with and if there are other issues later, INEC can still forward a supplementary budget to the National Assembly.

“If we leave everything the way it is, I am afraid there will be problems that INEC may find difficult to address. This is not the time to take chances.”

However, Mahmud assured the members that he hoped to comply with their directive before the expiration of the 30 days.

He explained that part of the delay was caused by the ongoing amendments to the Electoral Act by the National Assembly.

Mahmud appealed to lawmakers to conclude the amendments so that the commission could begin to make realistic plans for the polls.

On the N45.5bn proposed as INEC’s regular budget for 2018, Mahmud said N21.4bn was for personnel cost; 4.1bn for overhead; N18.9bn for electoral expenses and N927.4m for capital projects.

The chairman added that the upcoming governorship polls in Ekiti and Osun states in July and September respectively would be funded from the N18.8bn.

He also said other “unforeseen” elections like bye-elections, cancelled or repeated elections on the orders of courts would be funded from the sub-head.

Mahmud, who also spoke on the ongoing continuous voter registration, said four million voters had so far registered, adding that the number was insignificant compared to the huge number of Nigerians, who were ripe for voting.

Mahmud also dispelled the speculation that the exercise would be closed on January 31, 2018.

He said the registration would close 60 days to the elections.

“We will continue until 60 days to the date of the next general elections. So, disregard the claim that it will end on January 31,” he said.

He spoke on some of the challenges INEC had faced, conducting the exercise, particularly finances.

For example, Mahmud said while it would cost INEC N1.2bn to pay employees in 120,000 polling units across the country in one day alone, the commission had a budget of N1.2bn for all of its operations.

According to Mahmud, it would have cost INEC N130bn for take-off alone, but the commission had just N1.2bn.

To address the funding gap, he said the commission considered an “Option B,” which was to use a centre in each of the 774 local governments in the country and “still be within the budget of N1.2bn.”

Besides the wage bill of INEC’s 16,000 members of staff, Mahmud told the session that the commission conducted 178 different elections in the last one year.

He added that the commission made over 1,135 court appearances from 2015 to January this year. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has said it received a total of N5.1tn as payments for subsidy on the Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) between 2006 and 2015.

The corporation, which said the payments were approved by the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, said it was still owed N170.6bn by the Federal Government.


 
The Group Managing Director, NNPC, Maikanti Baru; and the Chief Financial Officer of the corporation, Isiaka Abdulrazak, made this known at an investigative hearing conducted by the Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream) on Monday in Abuja.

Baru, in his presentation, stated that the CFO would make the main presentation on subsidy payments.

“The NNPC is going to address essentially what it has incurred in terms of subsidy payments between 2006 and 2015, and what was paid to it under the scheme. We have it on record that the NNPC incurred N5.1214tn as subsidy as approved by the regulatory agency, the PPPRA, and it was only paid N4.9508tn. It is still being owed by the Federal Government N170.6bn,” he said.

Abdulrazak assured the panel of “full disclosure and full cooperation and transparency in the spirit of the management of the NNPC.”

He said, “All the NNPC’s subsidy claims and entitlements are duly verified and approved by the PPPRA with relevant certificates issued. The subsidy approved for the NNPC is backed out of the domestic crude cost payable to Federation Account Allocation Committee.

“In summary, the NNPC submits that the amount of N5.1tn was duly approved by the PPPRA as subsidy claims for the corporation. Out of this sum, the NNPC is still owed N170.6bn.

“Consequently, the NNPC seeks the understanding of the distinguished members of the committee on the peculiarity of its operations and its role as a supplier of last resort in the downstream sector of the economy.”

The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, in his opening speech, declared the renewed payment of petrol subsidy as illegal, stating that the current administration had claimed to have ended the subsidy regime but had continued to make the payment through the back door.


 
Saraki’s speech was read by the Majority Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan.

He said, “The findings of the committee have brought to light the fact that our downstream oil and gas industry needs critical reforms.

“It has exposed, among other things, that in spite of the stoppage of the fuel subsidy regime and the non-appropriation of funds for the scheme due to the fraud and maladministration going on in the scheme, that fuel subsidy payments continue to be made from our commonwealth illegally and without appropriation by the National Assembly to a few quietly in order to dodge scrutiny and avoid exposure.

“This 8th Senate is here to expose every corruption in the system, irrespective of how highly-placed those involved are, and therefore, the reason for this public hearing today.

“This unconstitutional and illegal practice must be addressed and we are not going to rest until it is fully addressed.”

The Senate President stated that it was the duty of the committee to get to the bottom of the issue and proffer long-lasting solutions to “this racketeering in the fuel market that leaves the Nigerian people poorer every year.”

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream), Senator Kabiru Marafa, prevented officials of the Federal Government from explaining the alleged continued payment of subsidy on petrol without appropriation by the National Assembly.

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, on Monday said the Federal Government would declare a state of emergency in the education sector in April.

He made this disclosure when he received Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State and some members of his cabinet at the Federal Ministry of Education Headquarters in Abuja.

Adamu requested the support of all state governors to do the same in their respective states.


 
“By the end of April, we are proposing that there will be a declaration of a state of emergency in the education sector all over the country.

“We request all the state governors to do the same in their states and we hope that once this is done our educational sector will improve.

“I will also meet with the governors to appeal to them to give special emphasis to addressing the problem of low standard of education especially at the primary school level,” he said.

The minister said the ministry was planning to present a proposal to the National Council of State for graduates of Education to henceforth be employed on Grade Level 10.

He said the proposal would also include offering employment to students studying Education in tertiary institutions.

Earlier, Bello said that the state government was revamping the educational sector through provision of good infrastructure in schools and training of teachers.

He said that the state government planned to establish three teachers’ professional institutes in the three senatorial district, adding that one was already being established in the Munya Local Government Area of the state.

The governor solicited the support of the minister on the development of the institutions.

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
The 2018 budget defence of the Presidential Committee on North-East Initiative was stalled on Monday after members of the House of Representatives turned back the Executive Vice-Chairman of the committee, Mr. Tijjani Tumsah.

Tumsah had appeared before the House Committee on Internally Displaced Persons, chaired by an All Progressives Congress member from Jigawa State, Mr. Sani Zorro, for the defence.


 
The PCNI, an intervention body set up by the Presidency to attend to the welfare of IDPs in the North-East, has a budget of N45bn in 2018.

The same figure was appropriated in 2017.

But, members discovered that Tumsah came to the meeting on the 2018 estimates without including the details of how the 2017 version was utilised.

Members immediately queried the presentation and asked Tumsah to take his documents back.

Tumsah had claimed that he was unaware of the formal procedure for budget defence.

His excuse got members angry as they advised him against treating the National Assembly with levity.

Summing up the feelings of members, Zorro stated, “Despite making it clear in our letter of  December 6, 2017, what was required of you to present to the committee, it is unfortunate that the EVC has no details of the 2017 budget performance, a prerequisite for the presentation of the 2018 budget.

“Without the 2017 budget performance details, there is no way we can work on the 2018 budget.
 
“Please, when you are coming on Monday (next week), be equipped.

“Give us comprehensive information; this is appearing to be a trend because the last engagement we had with PCNI, you came blank, unprepared and you can’t explain how N45bn was spent.” 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Minister of Communications, Alhaji Adebayo Shittu, on Monday said despite the criticisms that trailed his distribution of President Muhammadu Buharis re-election campaign caps at the last meeting of the Federal Executive Council, he had no regrets about his action. Speaking with State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the minister [] 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Deputy Minority Whip of the Senate, Biodun Olujimi; one of her aides and the Provost of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, Mr. Kingsley Oti, on Monday engaged in physical combat over the right to use an elevator in the National Assembly Complex. The fight, which broke out around 11.15am on [] 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The High Court at the Federal Capital Territory, Maitama, Abuja, on Monday cautioned the Senator representing the Bauchi Central Senatorial District, Isah Misau, against making further comments in the media on issues bordering on the charges for which he was being prosecuted. The Federal Government on Monday re-arraigned the senator before the [] 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party has described the reported naming of President Muhammed Buhari as African Union anti-corruption champion as laughable, and derisory. The PDP added that Buharis appointment eminently qualified as Africas joke of the year. The party said it was clear that the AU leaders were not well briefed on happenings [] 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Ihuoma Chiedozie and Oladimeji Ramon The remains of former Vice-President Alex Ekwueme on Monday left Abuja for the South-East where they will finally be laid to rest at the weekend. Before leaving Abuja, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo led top government officials to honour Ekwueme who died on November 19, 2017 at the age of [] 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Peoples Democratic Partys candidate for the Kwara Central Senatorial District election in 2015, Alhaji Abdurahman Abdulrazaq, has sued the Independent National Electoral Commission for alleged manipulation of results in the election which was won by his opponent of the All Progressives Congress, Dr. Bukola Saraki. Saraki, after winning the general election, [] 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Prelate Emeritus, Methodist Church of Nigeria, His Eminence Dr. Sunday Ola Makinde, says Christians can no longer distance themselves from politics if the country must have a positive change of fortune. He said it was high time Christians got involved in politics and took their fate in their own hands. Failure of [] 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Olaleye Aluko and Justin Tyopuusu Jalingo The Defence Headquarters, Abuja, said on Monday that troops had not been deployed in Benue and other states as was recommended by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo committee on herdsmen crisis. The Defence Director of Information, Brig-Gen John Agim, said the police were on the ground in the states, [] 
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Tue, 30 Jan 2018
John Alechenu, Abuja The All Progressives Congress is to present the report of its panel on true federalism to members of the public on Wednesday. It was gathered in Abuja, on Monday, that the Chief John Odigie-Oyegun-led National Working Committee of the party resolved to make the document public as part of efforts to enhance [] 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Professor Stephen Okodudu (Lecturer, University of Port-Harcourt) The decision of the lawmakers to reorder the schedule of the election is intended to give them an advantage. It is still well known that any political party that wins the Presidency is most likely to enjoy the ripple effect or what we call the bandwagon effect in [] 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The national electricity grid collapsed six times within a period of eight days this month, latest data from the Transmission Company of Nigeria has revealed. According to the generation statistics of the Nigeria Electricity System Operator, an arm of the TCN, the national grid collapsed six times between January 1 and January [] 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Ted Odogwu, with agency report A former governor of Kano State, Sen. Rabi'u Kwankwaso, on Monday cancelled his controversial plan to visit Kano on Tuesday (today). The controversy started when the state Police Commissioner, Rabiu Yusuf, on January 27 advised Kwankwaso to shelve the visit, saying that a security report had indicated that the visit [] 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
John Ameh, Abuja For the second time in less than one week, members of the House of Representatives and the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), disagreed openly on Monday at the National Assembly over the execution of power projects. Fashola had appeared before the House Committee on Power to honour [] 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Oyetunji Abioye The Central Bank of Nigeria on Monday injected another $210m into various segments of the inter-bank foreign exchange market. This came on the heels of the regulator's $304.4m Retail Secondary Market Intervention sales in the inter-bank forex market on Friday. Despite this, the naira closed at 364/dollar at the parallel market on Monday, [] 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has said he will not apologise for adopting his deputy, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, as the Peoples Democratic Party's governorship candidate for the 2018 governorship election. He also told the former Minister of Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, and other aggrieved PDP aspirants that they were free [] 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja About 1.2 million Nigerians have been registered for the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examination, according to statistics from the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board. The UTME is billed to hold from March 9 to 17. JAMBs Head of Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, in an interview with our correspondent on Monday, said that [] 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Med-View Airline has suspended its Dubai operations till March. The airline's Managing Director, Mr. Muneer Bankole, who disclosed this on Monday, said the suspension was to pave the way for aircraft maintenance and refurbishment. Med-View began the Dubai flight service on December 7, 2017. 'We have shut down Dubai operations till March 24 [] 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday called for the speedy establishment of a single, unified market in Africa. This, he said, would increase trade, create more jobs and reduce poverty. According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President made the call while presenting Nigeria's [] 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Afeez Hanafi The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has said the government is ready to work with the Consumer Protection Council to ensure that people get quality value for goods and services they pay for. The governor spoke on Monday during a visit to the Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja, by a delegation of the [] 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Stanley Opara The Nigerian stock market (equities) opened the week in gains as 40 counters appreciated at the close of trading on the floor of the local bourse. The NSE All-Share Index rose by 1.2 per cent to 44,306.48 basis points from 43,773.76 basis points. The year-to-date return improved to 15.9 per cent. Meanwhile, the [] 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt AHEAD of the 2019 general elections, the Peoples Democratic Party in Rivers State has said it is expecting a landslide victory in the governorship, senatorial and other elections in the state. The party said its expectation was based on the performance of Governor Nyesom Wike, in the execution of projects across [] 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Stanley Opara Some shareholders have advised the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, to discontinue further intervention in the case between Oando Plc and some of its major shareholders. They said such intervention was capable of disrupting the ongoing efforts to unravel the root causes of the crisis. The shareholders under the aegis of Proactive Shareholders [] 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt AHEAD of the 2019 general elections, the Peoples Democratic Party in Rivers State has said it is expecting a landslide victory in the governorship, senatorial and other elections in the state. The party said its expectation was based on the performance of Governor Nyesom Wike, in the execution of projects across [] 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Niyi Akinnaso Let me declare at the outset that the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, is my friend. I also want to acknowledge the outstanding job he has been doing in the agricultural sector. But I disagree with his handling of the conflict between herdsmen and farmers. As a friend, I [] 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt About 175 undergraduates, 78 post-graduate and 121 post-primary school students have been awarded scholarships by Belemaoil Producing Limited. The beneficiaries of the 2017 NNPC/Belemaoil Joint Venture Host Communities Scholarship Award were drawn from the oil companys host communities in Kula, Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State. Presenting cheques to them [] 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Stanley Opara The United States Consul General in Lagos, John Bray, has restated the unwavering commitment of the US government to the growth of the Nigerian economy, with a strong bias for the private sector. Bray said this when he visited the Nigerian Stock Exchange headquarters in Lagos on Monday for the closing gong ceremony. [] 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Britain's top share index pulled ahead of sluggish European markets on Monday thanks to its strong cyclical tilt as mining and oil stocks powered higher. The FTSE 100 ended the session up 0.1 per cent at 7,671.53 points, while the FTSE 250 slipped by 0.2 per cent, according to Reuters. On a light day for [] 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan Prof. Toyin Falola of the University of Texas, Austin, United States, Toyin Falola, has urged the Academic Staff Union of Universities to look inward and fight corruption and other crimes perpetrated by its members across Nigeria. Speaking during an event held at the University of Ibadan on Monday to mark his 65th [] 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Tayo Oke drtayooke@gmail.com there is a whiff of excitement in the air regarding the likelihood of a major (third) force to contend with, come 2019 presidential election. Following this columns overview of the current political situation, see, 2019: The leadership vacuum, The PUNCH, January 9, 2018, where a critical appraisal of the current All Progressives [] 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Federal Government, through its agency, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, has started evacuating abandoned aircraft at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos. The General Manager, Corporate Communications, FAAN, Henrietta Yakubu, told journalists on Monday that at least 13 aircraft belonging to different airlines had been abandoned at the airport for several years. She [] 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Some 82 cases of professors listing their secondary-school offspring as co-authors in academic papers have been unearthed by an investigation by South Koreas Ministry of Education. The discovery has prompted referrals to ethics committees at 29 universities including some of the countrys top institutions where the practice stretching back 10 years was uncovered. [] 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Bisi Olawunmi African countries are in angst with American president, Donald Trump, for allegedly describing them derisively as shithole countries. Their reactions, one of which was the summoning of American ambassadors in some African countries, including Nigeria, were exercises in futility. Meanwhile, President Trump is having fun for rattling these poverty-stricken countries, and by extension [] 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Government on Monday warned contractors, as well as ministries, departments and agencies in the state to comply with the public procurement regulations. It added that any act of misappropriation and misapplication of public funds would not be accepted. The state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, stated this at the first Procurement Summit [] 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja There were indications on Monday that the Nigerian Communications Commission would soon revoke the licences of six interconnect operators who had allegedly been implicated in masking international calls. Masking of international calls is a practice where calls originating from abroad are made to appear as local calls as the true callers' identities [] 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Welcome to the court of collective adjectives. These are adjectives that refer to a group of people who share the same or similar characteristics and perform the functions of nouns. In other words, the way we have collective nouns, we also have collective adjectives. While collective nouns include class, team and community, examples of collective [] 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
A returned cheque is a cheque that the bank does not honour. The cheque will be returned to the bank that submitted the cheque for payment (typically the recipients or payee's bank). If you are the cheque writer, it means that your bank will not pay the person or business you wrote the cheque to [] 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Sampson Ikemitang This piece is in response to a recent publication in the Sunday Punch of January 7, 2018 entitled, 2019: Nigerians say no to Buharis re-election bid cite herdsmen killings, others as reasons. The result of the poll said to have been conducted on The PUNCH website www.punchng.com which had the title: Will you [] 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa The Nigeria Police Force has redeployed the Bayelsa State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Asuquo Amba, to the Counter-Terrorism Unit, Abuja. Amba, in a ceremony at the commands headquarters in Yenagoa on Monday handed over to his successor, a former Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Don Awunah. Speaking after taking over the mantle [] 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Oyetunji Abioye The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc, Mr. Yinka Sanni, says the lender is willing to finance and support the dreams as well as aspirations of the Nigerian youths to enable them contribute to economic growth and development. He said the organisation was rallying Nigerian youths because they are [] 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Umar Muhammed, Lafia The Nasarawa State Government on Monday said over 80 per cent of its teachers were incompetent to teach in public schools in the state. The governor said this at the opening ceremony of a two-day curriculum review for Colleges of Education, at the College of Education, Akwanga in Akwanga Local Government Area [] 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Azuka Onwuka Long before now, driving into Onitsha was demoralising and embarrassing. Even though the nest-like Niger Bridge gave one a sense of home at last, the filth and rowdiness that welcomed one between the Niger Bridge and Upper Iweka painted the picture of a jungle where nobody was in charge. Heaps of refuse competed [] 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
With Nigeria as an emerging market in Blockchain technology and Cryptocurrency adoption, SureRemit has raised $7m on the initial coin offering market. SureRemit ' a non-cash remittance platform majority-owned by Nigeria based fintech holding company-GreenHouse Capital-uses blockchain technology to help immigrants earmark and send funds home, according to a company statement. Using a digital voucher [] 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
The clashes between herdsmen and farmers in some states in Nigeria, especially in Benue, Taraba and Kaduna states should not be allowed to degenerate further by incitement, and intemperate statements. The committee set up by the government to solve this problem must come out with a holistic solution which will deal with the problems of [] 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr. Rotimi Ogunleye, says the government has commenced the removal of structures on the right of way for the expansion of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Road in the Oshodi area. The commissioner said on Monday that the demolition commenced after the government [] 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Femi Asu with agency report The Federal Government plans to make gas flaring more costly for companies that have escaped the payment of billions of dollars despite being fined, the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has said. In the 'legal framework for the gas flaring penalty, it was drafted as a charge. A charge [] 
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