Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 31 January, 2018.

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
The Administrative Panel of Inquiry, which was set up in November last year to investigate corruption allegations against the suspended Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Mr. Mounir Gwarzo, has recommended the sacking of the embattled DG from public service.

The panel, which is headed by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Finance, Mahmoud Isa-Dutse, was set up by the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun.

In the recommendation, which was sighted by our correspondent in Abuja, the committee also suggested that the suspended DG should refund the sum of N104.85m, which he allegedly approved and received as severance package while still in office.

The panel also recommended that Gwarzo be referred to the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission for further investigation of the allegation of using his position as SEC DG to influence the award of contracts to Outbound Investments Limited.

In the report, which has already been submitted to the finance minister, it was recommended that the holding of the position of the DG of SEC as well as a director in two private companies (Medusa Investment Limited and Outbound Investments Limited) was in breach of public service rules 030424 and 030402 and Section 6 of the Investment and Securities Act, 2007.

The panel stated in its report, “Mr. Mounir Gwarzo should be referred to the ICPC for further investigation of the allegation of using his position as director-general to influence the award of contracts to Outbound Investments Limited in view of the provisions of Sections 57 (12) (b) and 58 (5) of the Public Procurement Act, 2007.

“Gwarzo should be dismissed from the public service of the Federal Government, in line with the PSR 030402 (in relation to the allegation on golden handshake), having breached paragraphs 313 and 316(4) of the Financial Regulations (Government Notice No. 219 of October 27, 2009) (engaging in extra-budgetary expenditure without appropriate approval).

“Should be discharged on the allegations of award of contracts to Medusa Investments Limited; award of contracts to other companies as mentioned in paragraph 5.1.1 and to which no relationship with Mr. Mounir Gwarzo was sufficiently established.”

However, the panel recommended that the cases of two management officers of the commission, Mrs. Anastasia Braimoh and Mr. Abdulsalam Naif, be referred to SEC for appropriate disciplinary action in line with the provisions of the staff manual of the commission.

The panel advised the Federal Government to re-orientate public servants to the very fact that the public service rules and financial regulations were ground norms of every government service contract, be it at the federal, state or local government level.

“Accordingly, all government extra-ministerial departments and agencies should be made to understand that the PSR and FR are superior to whatever specific legislation and domestic arrangements that guide their operations, except when such issues are not covered by any provision of the PSR,” it added.

Meanwhile, Adeosun and Gwarzo clashed on Tuesday over the legality of the suspension of the latter by the former.

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
some gunmen on Tuesday invaded Kadarko in the Kiza development area of Nasarawa State, killing six people including an old woman.

One of our correspondents, who visited the place, sighted a large number of displaced persons moving out of the area to where they could get shelter.

Our correspondent also observed that some pregnant women, who could not travel with their family members, went to the Internally Displaced Persons camp in Kadarko to take refuge.

However, at the Sarkin Noma area of Kadarko, our correspondent observed that the Tiv community had deserted their homes.

It was gathered that most of the houses in the Tiv community had been burnt down by suspected militia.

One of the survivors of the Tuesday attack, Mr. Raymond Emberga, said the gunmen came into the community shooting into the air.

He added that the gunshots made a dog in the area to start barking, causing the attackers to shoot at the dog which escaped narrowly.

“If not for the dog there would have been a lot of casualties because the barking attracted attention and some people managed to escape,” he added.

The state Governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, who visited the scene of the incident, assured the Tiv community in Kadarko of safety, saying more military personnel and policemen would be deployed in the area.

He said, “I have been in touch with the Benue State Governor, Mr. Samuel Ortom, to ensure that we provide adequate security for the IDP camp. Adequate relief materials and healthcare services have already been provided.’’

The governor urged the residents not to go to their farms, but to remain in the IDP camp until security operatives bring security situation in the area under control.

He said, “Please don’t go to your farms yet. Don’t go to isolated areas. We don’t want any life to be lost.

“I am here on behalf of myself, government and the people of Nasarawa State to share in your griefs.

“It is a pity that this thing has happened. Nobody is happy about it. I am disturbed because this is coming barely 48 hours after the same kind of action took place not far from here during which people were abducted.”

Taraba elders warn of fresh herdsmen’s attacks

A group of elders in Taraba State under the aegis of Concerned Elders Forum on  Tuesday raised the alarm over alleged fresh plan to attack communities in the state.

The CEF said some persons had sighted a weapon-laden helicopter, adding that the “Fulani herdsmen are with weapons they received from the chopper and are now ready to strike.”

The organisation said the Takum Local Government Area had become unsafe for citizens despite the presence of barracks in the place.”

The CEF in a statement by its spokesperson, Joshua Ande, alleged that daily stories of kidnappings and killings were now a routine, while the southern part of the state was under serious security threat.

The statement read in part, “We are worried that the security agencies do not seem perturbed by happenings in Taraba State, especially Takum LGA, where the security concern has reached the level of red alert. Stories of kidnapping and killings are now daily. The southern part of the state, which is near Benue State and shares border with some of the crisis areas of Logo and Guma LGAs, where Fulani herdsmen recently engaged in acts of pogrom, are clearly under serious security threat.

“Since then, our people have witnessed all sorts of brigandage and criminality around the area. Residents reported that they saw a helicopter carrying weapons. Nobody gave this any serious thought at the top.

“A member of the House of Assembly, Hosea Ibi, was kidnapped and killed. Late Ibi was picked up near the military barracks in Takum. This has raised fears that even around the military fortress, people are no longer safe. This is a barracks with soldiers; yet, gunmen are having a field day. A few days after the burial of the late legislator, gunmen attacked Takum LGA chairman and a lady was killed in the attack. The barracks and its soldiers looked on.

“The following day, an Igbo trader was kidnapped near the barracks. His fate is presently unknown. At Manya too, near the same barracks, another man was killed. Takum has become a killing field even with a barracks in place.”

The group called for a probe into the attacks, adding that the Federal Government’s claim that it had beefed up military presence must be investigated.

“This is because we learnt that Fulani herdsmen are ready with weapons they received from that helicopter and are prepared to strike. This is an SOS.”

NYSC to redeploy corps members from troubled states

The National Youth Service Corps has said the scheme will redeploy any corps member who feels unsafe in states where the activities of Fulani herdsmen have led to loss of lives.

The Director General of the NYSC, Brig. Gen. Suleiman Kazaure, said this on Tuesday during the inspection of the NYSC Orientation Camp in Ede, Osun State.

The DG, who was represented by the Director, General Service, Alhaji Abdulrasak Salawu, said this in an interview with journalists after the inspection.

He said the scheme would not post corps members into areas where they were not sure of their security.

Kazaure, who said he was impressed with the facility and the cleanliness of the NYSC camp in Osun State, said the scheme moved the orientation programme of Taraba and Benue states to Kogi State in order not to cause panic among corps members’ parents and relatives.

He said, “We cannot risk the lives of corps members in Benue and that is why the NYSC orientation camp was relocated from Benue to Kogi State.

“Ordinarily, Kogi and Taraba states corps members were supposed to camp in Benue State but because of this crisis they were moved to Kogi State.

“During the course of the orientation programme, any corps member that writes that he or she felt not secure; we will look into it and redeploy such corps members to another state. We may not redeploy them to the state they want, but we will relocate them.”

The NYSC director had earlier addressed the corps members of Ondo, Ekiti and Osun States who are undergoing their orientation programme in Ede, urging them to always strive to bring unity to the nation.

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
The Senate has warned Nigerians against investing in bitcoins and urged the Central Bank of Nigeria, Nigerian Stock Exchange and the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation to launch awareness campaigns on the business.

Specifically, the upper chamber of the National Assembly resolved to urge the CBN, NDIC and the NSE “to make an unequivocal statement across all the news platforms in all dialects on the dangers of bitcoins as a store of value in Nigeria.”

The Senate also called on the National Orientation Agency to “spread the news against all forms of wonder banks and ponzi schemes operating in Nigeria.”

Also, the Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions is to investigate the viability of bitcoin as a form of investment and come up with recommendations on how to control its use and trade in it.

The committee was mandated to report to the Senate within two weeks.

The resolutions followed the adoption of a motion moved by Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu at the plenary on Tuesday, entitled, ‘Urgent Need to Investigate the Proliferation of Bitcoins, a Form of Crypto-currency to ascertain the Worthiness of Same As a Form of Investment in Nigeria.’

Uwajumogu said, “The Senate notes with caution the alarming rate at which bitcoin, a form of digital currency, is being proliferated in Nigeria as one of the best forms of investment. It notes further that this cryptocurrency is openly marketed across the country on the local television and radio stations, mostly to Nigerians not aware of the consequences.

“The Senate notes further with deep concern that Nigerians are freely advised and even persuaded to invest in this cryptocurrency, as it promises quick returns; in certain instances, a triple or quadruple of the invested sum as profit within days.”

According to the lawmaker, bitcoin is not recognised by the CBN as it does not exist in a tangible form and not subject to any international or local monetary regulations or backed up by any established government institution.

He stated, “The Senate recalls that the MMM bubble of 2016 left millions of Nigerian families broken, devastated and many businessmen lost all their capital in the phony scheme.

“The Senate is worried that the CBN, NSE, NDIC and NOA are not doing enough to educate Nigerians on the investment risks inherent in bitcoin. The Senate is cognisant that by failing, refusing or neglecting to educate the citizenry of the dangers inherent in investing in unverified schemes, especially one orchestrated by foreign syndicates, Nigerians run the risk of losing their life-savings and the economy risks losing the much needed forex to foreign criminals.”

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
The Federal High Court in Abuja has ruled that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s ongoing investigations of wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, have not constituted any violation of her rights.

Delivering judgment on Tuesday, Justice John Tsoho, in giving the EFCC a go-ahead to continue and conclude its ongoing investigations, struck out the fundamental human rights enforcement suit filed by the former First Lady against the anti-graft agency.

Justice Tsoho, resolved one of the three formulated questions against her and the rest of the two in favour of the EFCC.

While the court resolved that the case instituted by the former First Lady did not constitute an abuse of judicial process, it resolved that the actions of the EFCC complained of by her did not constitute a violation of her rights and that she was not entitled to any of the six reliefs sought in the suit.

The judge ruled that none of her rights, including rights to fair hearing, own property, family life, dignity of human person and freedom from discrimination, was violated by the actions of the EFCC in the agency’s handling of the investigations of bank accounts and properties linked to her and her relatives.

Justifying EFCC’s ongoing investigation of the former First Lady, Justice Tsoho held that it was based on a “reasonable suspicion” that she committed an offence of money laundering involving alleged deposits of “humongous” amount of funds from government agencies into her and her non-governmental organisation’s bank accounts.

He held, “It is noteworthy that in paragraphs 6 to 12 of the respondent’s counter-affidavit deposed to by Ahmed Usman, an investigator with the EFCC, it is averred that humongous deposits were made into the bank accounts and in the names of the applicant (Patience) and her non-governmental organisation, referred to as Aribawa Aruera Reachout Foundation.

“It is also averred that some of the cash inflows were from government establishments.

“It is further deposed in paragraph 13 of the counter-affidavit that the commission has uncovered facts that most of the funds paid into the bank accounts are proceeds of illicit activities which involved money laundering and investigations and investigation is still ongoing to unravel the rationale behind the other suspicious deposits.

“Though the applicant fervently denied her involvement in criminal activities, it is her world against that of the respondent.

“On that score, it could be said that the steps taken by the respondent are based on reasonable suspicion of the applicant having committed an offence.”

Patience had in her suit filed on June 30, 2017, sought N2bn as compensation for alleged harassment by the anti-graft agency.

She alleged in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/586/2017 that EFCC violated her rights by incessantly harassing her through negative media publications.

She alleged that the EFCC was denigrating and degrading her person as corrupt, without any invitation for interrogation, trial or conviction.

But the judge held that none of the allegations levelled by her could be sustained.

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
John Ameh, Abuja The House of Representatives on Tuesday directed the Minister of Transportation, Chief Rotimi Amaechi, and other stakeholders to produce the documents on the $195m waterways security contract awarded to an Israeli security firm within 72 hours. The Federal Government had approved the contract in October 2017 for waterways security. It was approved [] 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Independent National Electoral Commission says apart from giving physical copies of results of the 2019 elections to party agents, it will also be announcing the results electronically. INEC, therefore, called on telecoms service providers to assist the commission. The Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said this when he visited the [] 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti A Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti, on Tuesday declared that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission could not probe states finances without a report of indictment from states Houses of Assembly. The court made the declaration in a judgment delivered in a suit filed by the Ekiti State Government against the [] 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Forum of Non-Governmental Organisations in Nigeria, which claims to be a coalition of 200 groups, has lambasted former President Olusegun Obasanjo for asking President Muhammadu Buhari not to contest in 2019. Addressing supporters during a meeting in Abuja on Tuesday, the National Coordinator of FONGON, Mr. Wole Badmus, asked the President [] 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
sack Defence minister, Afenifere, group advise President Chukwudi Akasike, Adelani Adepegba and Olaleye Aluko The Committee for the Defence of Human Rights and the Ijaw Youth Council have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to implement the recommendations of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo panel that soldiers be deployed to end the killings by herdsmen. The factional President [] 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
The National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria has urged the Federal Government to end the senseless killings in the country, saying that life is too sacred to be wasted. The Chairman of NCTRN and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar, made the call at the opening of the councils General Assembly in Port Harcourt [] 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Top leaders of thought from the Ijaw ethnic nationality on Tuesday converged on Kiagbodo, the country home of the Ijaw National leader, Chief Edwin Clark, to take a definite position on the raging call to restructure the country. The meeting had in attendance Clark, the Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, the Deputy Governor f [] 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
A former Minister of Petroleum, Chief Philip Asiodu, will serve as the Chairman of the 10th edition of The Bible Society of Nigerias Founders Day annual lecture which comes up on February 8, 2018. At the event which will hold at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Lagos, the group will honour personalities, including the [] 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has said that the Mission to Rebuild Policy of his administration is working, as a result of some reforms being implemented to make land documentation better. The governor stated this during the distribution of Certificates of Occupancy and building plan approvals to another batch of beneficiaries, at the Arcade [] 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode; his Ogun State counterpart, Senator Ibikunle Amosun; and the wife of the Vice-President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo, on Tuesday led friends, family members and colleagues to pay their last respects to the late Special Adviser to Ambode on Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, Deji Tinubu, who died on Thursday. [] 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Ihuoma Chiedozie, Enugu Nigerians will be more willing to pay tax when government officials stop stealing and mismanaging public funds, the President, Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, Dr Ikemefuna Edeh, said on Tuesday. Edeh spoke at a workshop organised by the Federal Ministry of Finance to train professionals in the Voluntary Assets and Income [] 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti A former member of the House of Representatives, Bamidele Faparusi, has hailed the judiciary for freeing persons standing trial for the murder of the former chairman of the National Union of Road and Transport Workers, Chief Omolafe Aderiye. They are Adebayo Aderiye, Adeniyi Adedipe, Sola Durodola, Kayode Ajayi, Oso Farotimi, Sola [] 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
If the Federal Government is sincere about reforming the security architecture of this country, it must ensure that such reforms are people-centred. For any reform to work, the people who make up the society must be encouraged to be security conscious. Information must be passed and those passing the information must be protected. The government [] 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Government on Tuesday inaugurated the Lagos State Electronic Real Estate Litigation System, an online platform designed to provide information to anyone who intends to deal in real estate. The government explained that the system would provide information primarily on whether the property was a subject of litigation or not. The [] 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The National Assembly has suspended the national security summit scheduled to hold on Thursday and Monday. The summit is being organised by the National Assembly in collaboration with President Muhammadu Buhari and the executive arm of the Federal Government. The Chairman of the Senate Ad Hoc Committee on the Review of the [] 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Afeez Hanafi The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Tuesday urged civil servants to have a change of perspectives in order to positively transform the state public service. Ambode said there was the need for workers to exhibit new perspectives and right attitude to ensure that their services were easily accessible and beneficial to members [] 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Gbenga Odogun, Kogi The Kogi State Governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has charged the people of the state to always embrace dialogue and high level of understanding in order to live peacefully with one another. Bello, who gave the charge in Lokoja on Tuesday during a security summit for stakeholders in the state, maintained that through [] 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
The Lift Above Poverty Organisation said on Tuesday it had empowered 108,367 farmers in Nigeria with loans amounting to N5.7bn for economic and agricultural projects. The organisation explained that the beneficiaries were empowered in rural communities across different states of the federation in 2017, noting that the loan represented a N2.2bn increase from the N3.5bn [] 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Samson Folarin The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has decried the dirty condition of markets in the state, urging market leaders to clean up their surroundings or risk shutdown within 20 days. Ambode spoke on Tuesday at a meeting with market leaders in all the 57 local government and local council development areas [] 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
GOVERNMENTs seeming lack of grasp and decisiveness in dealing with power issues has become more apparent in no other manner than in the way it has been intervening in the metering of electricity consumers in the country. More than four years after a substantial interest in the power sector was transferred from the public to [] 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Success Nwogu, Ilorin The Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, on Tuesday said the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, he and other leaders of the All Progressives Congress in Kwara State have no reason to return to the Peoples Democratic Party, which they left prior to the 2015 general elections. Ahmed in a statement by [] 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has been asked to forget the idea that his actions can force notable citizens of the state out of the Peoples Democratic Party. Fayose was also accused of reaping where he did not sow by hijacking the structures of the PDP in the state. [] 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Senate on Tuesday resolved to conduct an investigation into the spate of illegal charges and deductions from accounts of their customers by Deposit Money Banks. The resolution followed the adoption of a motion moved by Senator Magnus Abe and 22 others, entitled, 'Urgent Need to Investigate, Regularise and Amend Conflicting, Vague [] 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Nike Popoola A bank account is a necessity these days. It's never too early to start saving, and banks keep your money safe. Plus, paying with a debit card makes life easy ' you can't really shop online without one (although paying with a credit card would be safer when it comes to consumer [] 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Femi Asu Against the backdrop of the huge debt service costs being incurred by the Federal Government, one of the nation's Deposit Money Banks, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, has highlighted the need for the government to reduce its borrowing cost. The lender, in its 'Macroeconomic and banking sector themes for 2018' released on Tuesday, also [] 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Ife Ogunfuwa The Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria has asked the Nigerian Communications Commission to provide evidence to show that interconnect houses are involved in call masking. The association, which represents some of the affected interconnect houses, argued that only five per cent of all calls were routed through the interconnect houses, while the [] 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Stanley Opara Capital Bancorp Plc has predicted a bullish year for the Nigerian stock market and the economy at large, given the current positive indicators in the macroeconomic environment. The frontline capital market operator with about 30-year presence in the market space, gave the insight in its special 70-page report dubbed, 'Economic Review and Outlook [] 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Air Peace has announced plans to inaugurate its Kano and Yola services in February. The services, the airline said, would commence on the 12th and 15th, respectively and would cover Lagos-Kano-Lagos, Kano-Abuja-Kano, Lagos-Yola-Lagos and Abuja-Yola-Abuja. The carrier had earlier fixed February 19 for commencement of its flights from Lagos to Freetown in Sierra [] 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Rasheed Bisiriyu The Lekki Concession Company Limited says the increase in the tolls at the Admiralty Circle Toll Plaza on Lekki-Epe Expressway and the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge Toll Plaza with effect from Thursday, February 1 will not lead to any hike in transport fares being charged by commuter bus drivers operating along the route. It [] 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Ford Motor Company says, in collaboration with its local distributor Coscharis Motors, it will continue to support young and talented Nigerians. The firms recently presented a brand new Ford Ranger to Iyeh Kennedy, the winner of the Next Titan, Season 4. The General Manager, Coscharis Motors, Abiona Babarinde, was quoted to have said [] 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The World Bank is currently working with Nigeria to increase the country's revenue-to-Gross Domestic Product ratio, which is currently put at six per cent. The World Bank Country Director for Nigeria, Mr. Rachid Benmessaoud, said this at the First Ideas for Action Africa held at the African University of Science and Technology [] 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
The Chairman, Honeywell Group, Dr. Oba Otudeko, has said that innovation is important to the success of any business and that the process of building a business is an art and scientific endeavour. Otudeko stated this at forum organised by the Nigeria-South Africa Chamber of Commerce in Lagos, where he spoke on 'Business Success and [] 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Sterling Bank Plc has partnered 9Mobile and Solo Phones to introduce a contract smartphone pre-bundled with mobile plans to new and existing customers of the bank. The lender said the development would enable more Nigerian to enjoy the benefits of a digital eco-system that is mobile centric. The Executive Director, Retail and Consumer Marketing, Sterling [] 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Federal Government has said it will soon come up with a policy that will revive the ceramic segment of the economy. The Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Aisha Abubakar, said this on Tuesday during a meeting with the President of Dajo Pottery Limited, Levi Yakubu. She stated that [] 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan Fidelity Bank Plc on Tuesday in Ibadan rewarded some of its customers with cash and gifts in this month's edition of the bank's Get Alert in Million Promo. The bank's Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Nnamdi Okonkwo, who was represented at the event by the Executive Director, Shared Services, Chijioke Ugochukwu, said that [] 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Volkswagen faces strikes in Germany on Thursday after unions rejected an improved pay offer, adding to pressure on the carmaker as it battles to contain a scandal over diesel fume tests. Reuters reports that Europe's largest automaker offered on Tuesday to raise wages for about 120,000 workers at facilities in western Germany by 3.5 per [] 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Femi Asu with agency report The Federal Government plans to start building a $5.8bn hydropower plant in the eastern Mambila region this year, after it agrees on loan terms with China's Export-Import Bank. 'We hope to break ground this year if we can conclude the financing. Contracts are in place. We are good to go,' [] 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
The Junior Chamber International Nigeria on Tuesday said it had begun the search for this year's edition of its 'Ten Outstanding Young Persons' with nomination expected to end today (Wednesday). The TOYP programme is a Junior Chamber International initiative to formally recognise young people who excel in their chosen fields and create positive change. The [] 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja A new power transmission expansion strategy document developed with about $2m from the World Bank was delivered to the Federal Government in Abuja on Tuesday. The 20-year Transmission Expansion Master Plan, which was funded by the World Bank and put together by a Germany-based power consultancy firm, Fitchner GmbH, was received by [] 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Sodiq Oyeleke The Urhobo Progress Union has urged the Federal Government to speed up the development of the nation's railway system and encourage the use of the mode for the movement of cattle by herdsmen. The President of the group, Moses Oghenerume, made the appeal at a press briefing on how to stop alleged killings [] 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Ozioma Ubabukoh A report by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants has stated that the accountancy profession should identify pro-active approaches to continue to improve social mobility. The report entitled: 'Purpose and the profession', is a global survey of 13,635 members and students of ACCA, and shows that social mobility is transforming the potential talent [] 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The General Manager, AirFranceKLM Nigeria and Ghana, Mr. Michel Colleau, says the airline plans to increase its seat capacity to Nigeria by nine to 10 per cent this year. He stated this in Lagos at the airline's customer appreciation night, adding that to meet up with demand, more aircraft would be deployed in [] 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Amco Travel and Tours Limited says it is set to improve customer experience and address challenges in the travel and hotel industries in Nigeria with the unveiling of a new platform, The Chief Executive Officer of the company, Ahmed Sani, said at the inauguration that the platform became necessary to offer Nigerians [] 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Kunle Falayi The Kaduna Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture says its coming international trade fair will be an opportunity for made-in-Nigeria goods to gain exposure to at least 10 countries. According to the President, KADCCIMA, Dr. Muheeba Dankaka, that is the number of foreign countries that have so far signified intention to participate [] 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Ozioma Ubabukoh VerifyMe Nigeria, an employment history reporting and worker verification firm, has restated its commitment to redefining the workforce in the country through its identity verification and work history reporting solutions. Speaking during a press briefing in Lagos, the Chief Executive Officer/Founder, VerifyMe Nigeria, Mr. Olutunji Oluwole, stated that the company was at the [] 
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