Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Sunday,  8th April, 2018.

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
It is now clear why   more members of the National Executive Council of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) backed out of the tenure elongation gambit championed by the party leadership.

It followed the unearthing of the party’s financial records indicating a breach of all known rules and personalization of party funds in “the most opaque manner.”

A top leader of the party allegedly authorized the disbursement of party funds into personal account of another senior member of the NEC.

It was discovered that savings of over N1b handed over in 2014 by the interim executive headed by Chief Bisi Akande was “hastily decimated without care for transparency.”

State chapters of the party were equally short changed in the disbursement of fund they are statutorily entitled to.

Hopes of party officials from the national to the ward levels having their tenure extended by a year suffered a setback last week when President Buhari bluntly described such a move as a breach of both the party constitution and the provisions of the 1999 constitution.

The President’s new position is at variance with the NEC’ resolution in February which had favoured tenure elongation on the grounds that extending the stay of the current executives (whose subsisting four-year tenure ends by June) would spare the party of possible internal acrimony that might jeopardize its chances ahead of the 2019 general polls.

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Some members of the party national executive committee were said to have become crest-fallen when they got wind of the classified reports detailing consistent transfer of party funds running into billions of naira to personal bank accounts of a party chief over the years for purposes not stated in the covering memo.

It was further discovered that there was no clear paper trail on what all the funds were used for.

Said one member of the national executive committee who craved anonymity: “My brother, someone like me who initially was among those canvassing tenure elongation became dumb when I saw the reckless way party money was being used. If you don’t have anything to hide, why put party’s money in personal accounts? As if that is not bad enough, once money got released, no one bothered to explain for which purpose and no retirement was made in line with the principles of book-keeping.

“So, the conclusion one could draw is that these people asking us to support the extension of their stay in office by all means are only out to continue this financial recklessness.”

For instance, in the report sighted by The Nation, two “suspicious” transactions on a single day resulted in the transfer of N143.8m via two letters addressed to the manager of the Maitama, Abuja branch of a leading new generation bank. The cash moved in two instalments of N100 million and N43,880,000 ended up in the account of another member of the party’s executive committee who hails from the Southeast.

In another transaction, a letter entitled “Authority to Transfer the Sum of N50,000,000 from our account number (figure withheld)” was issued with the instruction to transfer the said amount to the same official.

On yet another day, another transfer of N48,470,000 from the party’s account with the Area 3, Abuja branch of a First Generation bank was carried out involving the two top executives of the party.

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
Senate President  Bukola Saraki said  yesterday that lack of due engagement with the National Assembly  may force  the majority of senators to oppose President Muhammadu Buhari’s approval to withdraw $1 billion to fund purchase of security equipment.

He blamed unending executive/legislature friction on lack of consultation and collaboration between the two arms.

He said that some senators have already expressed their disappointment to him on Buhari’s approval of such a huge amount of money without recourse to the National Assembly.

But he did not say whether the upper chamber will automatically block the use of the fund for what Buhari intends.

Saraki spoke in Jos, Plateau State at a retreat on “Strengthening Executive-Legislature Relations”.

It is expected that President Buhari’s approval of $1 billion for purchase of security equipment would be one of the topical issues for debate when the Senate resumes plenary on Tuesday.

The Senate President who insisted that Nigerians must be prepared to defend and protect the institution of the parliament, noted that government was all about institutions and not individuals.

He said that the number of blackmails some of them have received for doing the right thing was simply alarming.

He said that it is obvious that the National Assembly is constantly under attack by individuals who abhor the principle of separation of powers as enshrined by democratic doctrine.

Saraki insisted that protection of the institution of the parliament was the only way sustainable democracy could be guaranteed in the country “because without the legislature there will be no democracy.”

He also stressed the need to always do the appropriate thing at the appropriate time for things to work in the country.

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Saraki said: “There is no way the security architecture of this country can work without a strong synergy between the executive and the legislature. When you see certain agencies who by their actions and utterances frustrate the relationship between the two arms, you begin to wonder what is going on.

“What do we need to do? Do the police need more funding or more powers? Do they need new legislations to strengthen them? These are the issues where the executive and the legislature must work together. What do we need to do?

“In a good environment, such an issue needed to have been discussed with lawmakers. Already, some senators are angry. They said they were not consulted by the executive before such a decision was taken. These are the issues we are talking about. Some people have already taken position because they were not consulted. That is why I stressed the issue of collaboration between the two arms. The issue of engagement is important.”

The Senate President who said that friction between the two arms of government goes beyond party affiliations, noted that “even during the last administration of President Goodluck Jonathan, the executive and legislature, had some frictions.”

According to him, “It means it is not about the party. It is not about any individual. It is about the system.”

Saraki said that it seems officials of the executive arm have formed the habit of always blackmailing senators and members of the House of Representatives.

His words: “In a situation where a particular arm of government stands up and calls people from another arm of government thieves, looters and other names, how can we work together? How? It is not possible. It is not realistic. If we collaborate, the country will be better for it.”

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
Seven suspects are now in police custody in connection with Thursday’s robbery attacks on five banks in Offa, Kwara State.

Police Commissioner Lawan Ado confirmed the arrest yesterday.

“Seven suspects were arrested; one at Igosun road and six others at different locations in Offa,” the police commissioner told reporters.

Police Commissioner Ado said the suspects “are helping us in our investigation and seven vehicles abandoned and recovered from the armed robbers, while some rifles were carted away by the robbers.


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“The Inspector General of Police has ordered a full investigation and has directed his Intelligence Response Team and others to assist in getting the robbers arrested.

“The command wishes to express its heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims while also wishing the injured quick recovery,” he said.

Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed had at the weekend offered N5 million for information on the robbery. His Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communications, Dr Muyideen Akorede, in a statement in Ilorin, said information can be passed to the state police command on the following numbers :0803 739 1280 and 0803 702 4320.

Ahmed assured such informants of anonymity, confidentiality and safety, as no harm will befall them on account of assisting the security agencies to arrest the attackers.

He said the police and other security agencies in the country have begun a vigorous manhunt for the perpetrators of the dastardly and wicked attack on Offa community.


Sun, 08 Apr 2018
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) will soon begin to disburse N400 billion Real Sector Support Facility (RSSF) to operators in the manufacturing and agricultural sectors, its Governor, Godwin Emefiele said yesterday.

Speaking at The Guardian newspaper’s presentation of Special Report on Financing the Economy held in Lagos, he said the fund will be given to manufacturers at a single digit interest rate of nine per cent.

The CBN boss said the strategic initiative targets projects in manufacturing and agriculture, given the mutual interdependence of both sectors for the complete industrialisation of agro-allied business.

He said the CBN’s development finance strategy was aimed at diversifying the economy away from over- dependence on oil revenues and consistent with its development agenda.

The CBN chief explained that globally, a well-functioning financial system is key for economic growth and development.

He said that the level of credit in the domestic economy channelled to productive private sector is critically below the levels required to place our economy on the path of balanced, sustainable, and inclusive growths. “Given the indispensability of finance, the entire international community — including the United Nations member states, multilateral institutions, civil society groups, and the private sector — have adopted the contemporary concept of financing for development to update the mechanisms and tools of financial flows in order to fund initiatives for economic growth and development,” he said.

He explained that emphasis on financing economic growth and development is distinctively placed on inclusiveness, accessibility, human capital and factor productivity. “In most cases, private funding in the form of bank credit is often considered an important determinant of the level of productive investment in an economy.  Like many other emerging and developing countries, Nigeria has got its own peculiarities in the area of financing the economy. In addition to these peculiarities, the sheer size of our economy makes it impossible for neither the public sector nor the private sector to independently satisfy the financing requirements of the economy; hence, the need for an effective public private partnership and for each to play its individual roles,” he said.

The CBN boss said the aspect of private sector finance as seen by the majority of Nigerians is basically concerned with credit from the banks for enterprise and investment purposes. “ In recognition of the importance of financing for economic growth and given its understanding of the implication of risk management in credit allocation, the Central Bank of Nigeria adopted a two prong approach to resolve the insufficient credit flow to the private sector and concomitantly accomplish its development finance function,” he said.

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
Former Sokoto State governor, Attahiru Bafarawa, wants members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to intensify prayers and repent of their sins.

“It is the sins that the PDP members committed that God is punishing them for,” Bafarawa said yesterday at the PDP Northwest zonal rally in Katsina.

“Almighty Allah does not make mistakes and that was the reason why when the PDP offended him, he snatched the power and handed it to APC,’’ he said.

Also addressing the rally, the national chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus said Nigerians should return  PDP back to power next year as the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in his opinion, has failed the generality of Nigerians.

The APC, according to him, has no business returning to power.

The National Women leader of the party, Hajia Maria Umar Waziri said the turnout of party supporters despite the fact that the President is spending the weekend in his Daura hometown is a clear indication that the party is waxing stronger in the state despite APC’s claim of a one party state

She said, “If we lose the next election here, it is pure rigging; we must win the next election.’’

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Immediate past Governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shema rejected the blame game and accusations of corruption levelled against him by the incumbent governor, Aminu Bello Masari

He said: “Democracy is a matter of choices; you have chosen a party before. Now it’s our turn to be chosen in the coming elections. I left behind N14.5b in the account but they said it is false, I improved education and infrastructure, they discredited it saying I borrowed money and am challenging anybody with proof to come forward with evidence.’’

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
Fresh facts emerged yesterday that some governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and some party leaders are adamant on the retention of the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and other members of the National Working Committee (NWC) because of some personal reasons including survival for the 2019 polls.

The governors are: Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna); Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo); Yahaya Bello (Kogi); Mohammed Abubakar (Bauchi); Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun); and Simon Lalong (Plateau).

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano) who used to be pro-Odigie-Oyegun, allegedly changed his mind at the March 27 National Executive Committee meeting.

Others linked with Odigie-Oyegun are some leaders of the National Assembly; Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi, and the National Legal Adviser of APC, Dr. Muiz Banire (SAN).

But following the President’s advisory, Amaechi has opted for elective convention too.

Sources close to some of the governors said they are afraid that the congresses could be rancorous and that this can have a negative impact on the APC in next year’s election.

Extensive checks however show that this is a smokescreen.

The real motive is the fear that due to their dwindling influence, they may not produce the next executive committees of the party in their respective states.

Some of the governors are said to be upset that President Muhammadu Buhari was allegedly conceding to some national leaders of the party, especially Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Their calculation is that they are already losing out in Buhari’s kitchen cabinet.

The pro-Odigie-Oyegun governors are not happy that having invested so much in the APC national executive members they may not be there for them in the build-up to the 2019 elections.

Some NWC members were said to be seeking favours from a few of these governors and leaders including juicy contracts and trips abroad.

A highly placed source, who spoke in confidence, said: “Some of those governors rooting for Odigie-Oyegun and NWC members have virtually hijacked the structure of APC and thoroughly compromised the leadership.

“The rot began gradually as soon as the NWC led by Odigie-Oyegun was inaugurated and a thanksgiving was done.

“This was why the NWC was helpless on some issues including the now resolved June 2015 stalemate in the National Assembly over the choice of principal officers.

“Some governors have also allegedly influenced decisions of the NWC on the legality of their State Working Committees.

“There is more to the backing of Odigie-Oyegun than meets the eye. It is a case of he who pays the piper dictates the tunes. Many times, two Northern governors have bailed out the APC National Secretariat by paying the salaries of staff which is about N17million monthly.”

For instance, findings confirmed that El- Rufai is Oyegun’s favourite. Many APC watchers don’t understand the basis for the cosy relationship.

It was gathered that at a stage, Odigie-Oyegun was always using every opportunity to sing the praise of el-Rufai who he once described as “an achiever” to the envy of others.

A source said: “If you look at Odigie-Oyegun, he is fond of putting el-Rufai in strategic committees of the party. He believes that as a favourite of the President, el-Rufai is a way to Buhari’s heart.

“All interventions in Kaduna APC by the National Secretariat were mere cosmetics because el-Rufai is Odigie-Oyegun’s anointed political loyalist.  It is an open secret.



“And el-Rufai in turn takes undue advantage of the party to seal the hope of his opponents, especially Senators Shehu Sani and Othman Hunkuyi.

“As long as Odigie-Oyegun remains in office, el-Rufai will control APC machinery in the state and his second term ticket is assured. So, it is a case of survival in 2019 in Kaduna

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
Ibijoke Maxwell Odedina is the host of the Jo Maxwell Show which focuses on the achievements of Nigerian and African women in the Diaspora. She also has a background in Accounting & Finance, and is an IT specialist. In this interview with Yetunde Oladeinde, she talks about the inspiration for her talk show, capturing the achievements of women in the Diaspora, challenges and more.WHAT inspired you to start your talk show'I saw a gap on the screen showcasing the achievements of black wome 

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
THE ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is blissfully unaware of its uncanny resemblance to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), especially in the latters closing months in office. With its chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, at the centre of the brouhaha in the party, and a vast array of supporters and enemies still primed for battle despite the nearness to some sort of tentative resolution, the party is becoming increasingly aware of the expediency of one man perishing so that the party could live 

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
In its bid to ensure Nigerians enjoy steady supply and distribution of petroleum products, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is working assiduously to expand its network of retail stations nationwide.Group Managing Director of the corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru, disclosed this while receiving Governor Rauf Aregbesola at the NNPC Towers in Abuja, according to a statement by Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Ndu Ughamadu, yesterday.Barus declaration came on the 

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
Osun State is the most peaceful in the country, according to a report on Nigeria Peace Index (NPI).It is closely followed by Kogi and Ekiti States, according to the report.According to NPI, Kwara and Imo ranked as fourth and fifth respectively in the rating.The inaugural peace index report put together by the Foundation for Peace Professionals, a research organisation that advocates for peace, adopted similar methodology of the Global Peace Index.It also followed the pattern of the United States 

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Sun, 08 Apr 2018
Senate Deputy Minority Whip, Senator Biodun Olujimi, has expressed concern that the massive defections from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) might affect its chances in the July 14 governorship poll. Olujimi said it was sad that three former deputy governors, Chief Abiodun Aluko, Chief Adebisi Omoyeni and Dr. Sikiru Lawal, had left the party in the last one year over alleged dictatorship and imposition by Governor Ayo Fayose.The lawmaker representing Ekiti South in the National Assembly said h 

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
As Downpour destroy buildingsFollowing protests by students of the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, management of the institution yesterday shut the Alexander Brown Hall of the College.The management said the move was imperative in view of the security threat the students action may pose. Students of the college had during the week staged a protest following the upward review and introduction of the professional training fees to N100, 000.A statement by the UI registrar, Olujimi Olukoy 

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
Too many times, I have found myself giving overtly political commentaries on this column where I have meant to give only subliminal parochial mirth. I have since found out that this descent to base politicization happens whenever I have been overwhelmed by the philistinism exhibited by my fellow Nigerians. So, if ever you hear me say the phrase Fellow Nigerians, you can be sure I do not include these people who exhibit less than noble character. Certainly too, when I pray for my countrymen, I gi 

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
IT is no news that Aisha Babangida has encountered myriad of numbing defeats especially on the love front, but she has refused to be defeated or allow the strife and storms of life define her otherwise enviable life. Married in her youth to Basheer Nalado Garba, a relative of the Sani Abachas, the marriage went sour after three years over accusations of intolerance and arrogance. In 2008, she found succour in the then Zamfara State governor, Alhaji Aliyu Shinkafi, who, at the time, already had t 

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
VETERAN actor, filmmaker, movie producer and director Adebayo Salami popularly known by his stage name Oga Bello, is said to have signed a production deal with Nigerias leading pay-TV Company, StarTimes.Although details of the deal have not been made public, it is believed to be a juicy deal worth millions of Naira and will see Oga Bello produce a 26-episode series in Yoruba language exclusively for StarTimes Nigeria.When contacted for more details, the Chief Operating Officer of StarTimes, Mr. 

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
CHIEF Mrs. Teju Phillips, former Lagos State Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-governmental Relations is in her best moments and set to host the high society.The wedding between her last child, Derin, and Xerona, the daughter of former Cross Rivers State governor, Donald Duke, is gathering momentum. The couple had already done their pre-wedding photo shoot in preparation for their D-day which, we gathered, is April 24. They had their introduction in October last year.Derin, popularly kno 

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
ANOTHER wedding is in the offing in the Mohammed Indimis family. But this time, the sisters are reportedly at war with one another. The gist is that Hauwa, one of the Indimis daughters, is about to get married to her sisters former lover. And a date in July 2018 has been picked.The groom-to-be is Muhammed YarAdua, son of the late NNPC boss, Abubakar YarAdua. The upcoming marital union is said to have not gone down well with the sisters.Hauwa runs an online boutique called House of Hauwa, in Boca 

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
BUDDING Nigerian musician who goes by the stage name, Selassie, has released the video for his track, Obianuju.At the video launch which took place recently at Satellite Town, Lagos, the artiste said that the video is dedicated to all the women and girls who have in one way or the other, supported his career.Obianuju is one song that I wrote when I was making my project. I decided to make a love song for all the women, all the girls that have supported my career because there is something I tell 

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
INSTEAD of throwing a bash as he turned 76 on Tuesday, Juju music maestro Evangelist Ebenezer Obey Fabiyi has decided to give back to the society, especially the younger generation via a music foundation tagged Ebenezer Obey Music Foundation (EOMF).The veteran musician marked the day with a prayer session on April 3 at his Lagos residence while a Special Thanksgiving Service will hold on April 29 at the Decross Gospel Mission Church, headquarters, Agege, Lagos where the foundation will be offic 

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
IN the era where fairy-tale wedding is being celebrated in jaw-dropping manner, the General Manager, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Bala Wunti, has scored another feat in modesty.His daughter, Aisha, ahead of her wedding that took place yesterday, organised a free medical outreach in Bauchi State.Specialist doctors, we gathered, were hired from India to attend to the patients at the exercise held at Reemee Clinic Bauchi.The medical outreach lasted for two days and it targeted abo 

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
FORMER Senate Minority Leader, Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora, Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa and Chairman Heirs Holding/UBA Board of Directors, Tony Elumelu, will be honoured at the second Timeline Awareness Initiative/Award Presentation billed for Thursday April 19th at the Lagos Sheraton Hotels, Ikeja.Seasoned journalist and Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, will also be honoured.While Obasa is poised to 

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
NIGERIAN singer, Banky Wellinton, known as Banky W, becomes the first brand ambassador of popular transportation business Uber.The singers wife, while congratulating her hubby on Instagram gave away the information, saying she was proud of him.Narrating the journey on how the contract came about, he wrote on his Instagram page, One of my favourite quotes is the one that says: Give a man a fish and you feed him for a meal. Teach a man to fish and youve fed him for life. I believe very strongly in 

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
MAVIN Records first lady, Tiwa Savage, is set to host a show in London by August.Already working her social media handles even though the show is in five months time, the mother of one has been urging her fans to purchase tickets for the show wich will hold at the O2 Arena on August 24, 2018.Wondering why you aint got your tickets to the london Edition of the SAVAGE tour yet, Tiwa who recently was at a concert in Warri wrote on her Instagram account.Its going to be a VIBE.Tiwa has continued push 

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Sun, 08 Apr 2018
From feeding deprived Nigerian children to providing them with medical assistance, United States based ex-Super Eagles, Paul Okoku has taken his humanitarian works into schools by donating books to both elementary and secondary pupils .He sat down with TAIWO ALIMI to talk more about his drive, partnership, motivation and motives for devoting his life to humanity. Your foundation, Greater Tomorrow Children Foundation (GTCF), was in Delta State recently to donate books to some schools'Yes a 

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
The current president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Board of Appeal, Abdulhakeem Mustapha (SAN), has described his love for football as inborn and ascribed it to a tradition established by his father, the erstwhile Kwara State Football Association chairman.At the last 40th CAF General Assembly in Casablanca, Mustapha was named the new president of the CAF Board of Appeal.He noted that he was infected with the love for the round leather game by his father, who was a soccer admini 

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
Tennis champions Roger Federer and Serena Williams are widely considered to be the greatest tennis players of all time. But who would win in a match between the best mens player and the best womens player'Quora user, Aleksa Milovanovic had one of the most up voted responses by claiming the questions comes down to whats known as a Battle of the Sexes in tennis.Milovanovic referenced three male vs. female tennis matches of previous years, including 55-year-old Bobby Riggs 6-2, 6-1 victory ove 

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
In what may probably be the greatest heist in corporate environment, indications are that top multinationals and their local counterparts are signing off and cutting deals in the name of providing corporate social responsibility reports Ibrahim Apekhade YusufCorporate social responsibility (CSR) is an ideal that should ordinarily be applauded but this is not so any more. Reasons: increasingly most corporate organisations are reportedly using CSR as a conduit pipe to cheat the system.Worries over 

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
Indications are that African countries may have lost over $1.4trillion to illicit financial flows (IFFs) in the last three decades.Making this disclosure recently was Logan Wort, Executive Secretary, African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF). He spoke with our correspondent in Johannesburg, South Africa, during a week-long media engagement workshop and training for journalists drawn from 21 African countries.Citing a report by the African Union and Economic Commission for Africa, Wort said most of 

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
To ensure that it meets the desires of its esteemed consumers LG came up with the advanced ALL NEW GENCOOL Air conditioner with Dual Inverter technology, this is in its determination to offer Nigerians a cutting edge technology especially consumers seeking energy efficient products.The air conditioner is renowned for its ability to save as much as 70% on electricity consumption with 40% faster cooling, thereby reducing bills. The ALL NEW GENCOOL Air Conditioner features a DUAL inverter compresso 

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
The Nigeria Football Federations have lately attracted a lot of corporate and brands goodwill on the back of the Super Eagles qualification for the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup, with the likes of TomTom, Star, Amstel Malta, Coca-Cola, Payporte and WAPIC signing long-term sponsorship agreements with the governing body to connect more deeply with their various consumers, hence grow brands equities.TomTom and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) recently signed a three-year contract that confers Tom 

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
Chief David Nwachukwu is chairman, steering Committee of Strengthening Public Finance in Nigeria (STREPFIN) an initiative of Oxfam and ActionAid at the forefront of advocacy for tax justice and efficient service delivery of corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects in the country. In this interview with Ibrahim Apekhade Yusuf he speaks on the outcome of the baseline study conducted by his group vis--vis challenges of public finance management in the country. Excerpts: What is STREPFIN all a 

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
Worried by the rising incidence of credit default in the system, the Registrar and Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Credit Administration (ICA), Professor Chris Onalo, has called on public institutions, corporate organisations and individuals to honour their credit obligations end of this month.Onalo who expressed worry over increasing level of unremitted credit obligations in the system said it was important to remind businesses and individuals obligated to one another to discharge such ob 

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
Over 500,000 daily commuters on the Lagos Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system can now board buses using a contactless card payment system. It is an enhancement which makes the Lagos Connect card launched last November by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode usable on mass transit systems anywhere in the world.Powered by Lagos State, LAMATA, Primero Transport Limited and Sterling Bank Plc, the enhanced electronic payment system was launched in partnership with leading global payment and technology companies Mik 

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
for management of Travelstart, an online travel agency, which entered the nations travel market six years ago, business has been good. What better way to appreciate their historic feat than to bring out their drums and cymbals to celebrate their modest successes thus far.The Nigerian operations whichstarted in 2012 quickly surpassedits other established markets such as Namibia and Kenya, highlightingthehugedemand for a tech-based solution for travelers in Nigeria. Since launching, Travelstart ha 

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
Mrs. Ifeyinwa Anazonwu-Akerele is a former Director-General, Nigerian Chamber of Shipping (NCS) and a former President, Womens International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA-Nigeria). In this interview with Omolara Akintoye, she recounts her experience as the pioneer DG of the Chamber vis--vis challenges, prospects and opportunities in the maritime subsector.Unveiling Ifeyinwa-AkereleShe is another female ship owner with remarkable strides in the sector. She was the first Director General 

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
The royal knowledge was greatly felt in Ikeja, Lagos in art appreciation when Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi opened The Content-Spring Edition Exhibition. The exhibition was said to be the third of its kind. Leading people round the exhibition stand was coordinated by the organizer, Mrs. Modupe Ogunlesi and curator, Lekan Onabanjo at Adam & Eve, Ikeja, Lagos.The Ooni demonstrated that he has an understanding of art as on each of the eight exhibition artists works, Oba Adeyeye revie 

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
In May, it would be exactly five years that Bama, a major commercial town in Borno State, came under its first major attack by the Boko Haram insurgents. Subsequent well-orchestrated invasions in February and June 2014 left the town prostrate that upon what seemed like a final onslaught in September 2014, Bama town, which is the capital of the Bama Local Government area of Borno State fell to the Boko Haram militants. It was not to enjoy a breather until March 2015 when the Nigerian Army announc 

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