NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [22 JUNE, 2018].

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Lawmakers under attack for Budget 2018 alterations
Fri, 22 Jun 2018

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There was uproar yesterday over the National Assembly’s massive alteration of the budget.

A non-governmental organisation described the action as “criminal”.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) and the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) were also outraged.

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The lawmakers cut 4,700 projects amounting to N347billion from what President Muhammadu Buhari presented and introduced 6,403 projects of their own amounting to N578billion.

The President, who reluctantly signed the Bill, plans to send a supplementary budget to the lawmakers.

According to him, many of the projects unilaterally removed are critical to infrastructure development and economic recovery.

These include the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, the East-West Road, The Enugu Airport, the Itakpe-Ajaokuta road, the mass transit and major arterial road in the FCT and the take-off grant for the Maritime University.

The lawmakers also raised their own expenditure from N125billion to N139.5 billion and put into the budget 70 new roads.

Southeast senators cried foul over the removal of funding for the Enugu airport.

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) described the lawmakers’ action as a crime against humanity, the Ijaw Youths Congress (IYC) said it was self-serving.

But Senator Dino Melaye said the President was not bound to sign it if he had reservations. He said the National Assembly is not an extension of the Presidency and the lawmakers no rubber stamp.

The Southeast Senate Caucus was shocked over the cut in the allocation for the Enugu Airport terminal.

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Oshiomhole set for coronation as Ebri quits
Fri, 22 Jun 2018

The coast was clear yesterday for former Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole to be crowned on Saturday as All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman.

His last opponent, former Cross River State Governor Clement Ebri, withdrew from the race.

On Wednesday, another contestant, who is also a former Edo State Governor, Prof. Osarheime Osunbor, quit the race.

Oshiomhole will now need a mere affirmation of the delegates to get the prize.

Ebri said he was pulling out of the race after due consultations with family, friends and associates. He promised to support Oshiomhole.

Ebri said in his letter of withdrawal: “Following deep consultations with my family, friends, associates, party leaders and other stakeholders in the progress of our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), l have reached the decision to withdraw my candidacy from the race for National Chairmanship of APC.

“This decision has been in what l consider to be the overall interest of the party and my belief that all stakeholders must row in the same rancour free direction as we approach general elections in a few months.

“I believe that those who occupy formal positions in the APC are the helmsmen of the Nigerian ship of state. What happens in the leadership of this country’s ruling party, the APC, is directly responsible for whether we can deliver on our promises to our people to provide them with a new lease of life. This was the core conviction that drove me to declaring my candidacy for this office in the first place,

“I believe too that a fundamental task of the APC is to win

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elections. After this is achieved, it behoves the party to offer its elected officials a means for organising government as it then becomes the primary link between the people and government. I considered myself well suited for this and other enormous responsibilities and, on that basis, proceeded with my campaign.

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Policeman killed as Shiites protest in Kaduna, Abuja
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
El-Zakzakys trial stalled A riot policeman died yesterday when members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), otherwise known as Shiites, protested in Kaduna.This protest followed their inability to access the court where their leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, was billed for trial.Exits and entrances leading to the court located inside Gabasawa police station were blocked.Reporters, who arrived at the court as early as 7am, were barred from the premises, and only stood far away to observe happeni
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IS suspects held in Abuja, Bauchi
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
Three suspected commanders of the Islamic State (IS) in West Africa international terrorist network and many of their Boko Haram associates have been arrested in Abuja and Bauchi, the Department of State Services (DSS) said yesterday.According to the security agency, the arrests were made during special operations.Also arrested are suspected cultists, armed robbers, internet fraudsters and kidnappers.A suspected kidnapper, Victoria Nwabueze, was apprehended on May 14 along with members of a gang
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Case for a new constitution
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
Today, I share with readers, a statement issued by the Yoruba International Network (YIN) on the state of Nigeria as a federal democracy. YIN mobilized diaspora Yoruba for struggle against military dictatorship in Nigeria following the annulment of the June 12 1993 presidential election. The statement was signed by Dr. Femi Folorunso, Convener, Yoruba International Network:June 12, 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the June 12 Presidential election which was won by Chief M.K.O. Abiola, but irre
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Masqueraders: Olubadan, Obas row deepens
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
The Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunniso I, and the Otun Olubadan, Oba Lekan Balogun, yesterday quarrelled over the foremost monarchs directive that no masquerade should dance in the home of any high chief, now beaded crown-wearing obas.It was learnt that though the Olubadan expressed satisfaction with the compliance of his directive banning masquerade dance in the family compound of his estranged high chiefs until further notice, he was said to have accused Oba Balogun
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Aiteo sues EFCC for N10b over alleged invasion
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
Peters failed to honour invitation, says commission THE Federal High Court in Lagos has adjourned until September 27 for judgment in a suit by Aiteo Energy Resources Ltd against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).The oil and gas firm sued EFCC, one of its investors, Iliyasu Kwabi and the Attorney-General of the Federation for N10 billion.The applicants are Aiteos Executive Director, Tunde Akinpelu, Managing Director Ewariezi Useh and in-house counsel Oladele Awonuga.Through thei
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No security vote for State House in 2018, says Udoma
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
N13.28bn EEG tax credit to support export Contrary to a claim by Amnesty International (AI) that the Presidency has widened its security votes net, there is no line item classified as Security Vote in the State House budget in the N9.1 trillion 2018 Appropriation Act. The international watchdog got its facts wrong, Budget & National Planning Minister Udoma Udo Udoma, said during the budget breakdown in Abuja yesterday, reports Nduka Chiejina.There is no provision for Presidential Villa secur
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Osun finance commissioner joins governorship race
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
Omoworare pledges economic growth, human capacity developmentThe Osun State Finance Commissioner, Bola Oyebamiji, yesterday joined other 28 aspirants vying for the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship ticket.Also, the senator representing Osun East Senatorial District on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the National Assembly, Babajide Omoworare, has joined the governorship race in Osun State.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Independent National Elec
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APC studying court processes, says Ndoma-Egba
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
Aspirants dismiss consensus optionSECRETARY of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Convention Planning Committee Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba said the party was studying court processes served on it from some states.Ndoma-Egba, who said the party will come up with its position, said the APC leadership has received court rulings in respect of delegates from some states and is studying them.He said: We have received court processes in respect of some states and we are studying the process and probabl
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Ex-governor Onohs son arraigned for fraud
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
Son of a former Governor of old Anambra State Gabriel Onoh and two others were yesterday arraigned at the Federal High Court in Enugu on an eight-count charge of fraud and forgery.Onoh, a former chairman of Enugu North Local Government Area and former Commissioner in Enugu State, was arraigned with Emeka Okoli and Chukwuemeka Oji, who is said to be at large.One of the counts reads: That you, Gabriel Onoh (m), Emeka Okoli (m) and Chukwuemeka Oji (m), now at large, in December 2014, at Enugu, with
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2019: APC in make or mar convention
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
The much-awaited national convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is holding tomorrow in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), amidst fears that the crack earlier in some state chapters may widen. Assistant Editor LEKE SALAUDEEN highlights the factors that will guarantee a successful exercise. ALL is set for the national convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) holding in Abuja tomorrow. As witnessed in the past under the former ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party
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Therell never be another MKO Abiola, says Akerele
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
The late Chief Moshood Abiolas former aide, Lisa Olu Akerele, spoke on the life and times of his boss and how efforts to secure his release from detention was aborted on a Television Continental Programme, Platform, anchored by SAM OMATSEYE, Chairman of The Nation Editorial Board.Now, let us start from the latest development at the Villa when Abiola and his close and all those who fought for June 12 were recognised. Now, you were one the prominent people there. Now, give us a sense of what you o
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Ill re-contest though I sponsored few bills Senator
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
Senator Aba Bukar Ibrahim, a three-term governor of Yobe State and three-term senator, said on Thursday he did not sponsor many bills for about 12 years he has been at the National AssemblyHe however insisted that he was going to re-contest for another term in the Senate come 2019.He said, Apart from being a three-term governor in my state, Yobe, I am also a three-term senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria but still counting.I havent actually sponsored many bills. But to my mind, what is im
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RCCG floors Alausa Police Station premises with over N3m
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
Policemen cautioned against illegally collecting money from Okada riders, motoristsThe Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Israel Assembly, Lagos Province 2, said it has spent over N3 million to floor the premises of Alausa Police Station in Ikeja area of Lagos State, with interlocking stones.Speaking at the commissioning yesterday, the Pastor in Charge of the Province, Pastor Yemi Lebi, who was represented by Pastor Tope Abenu thanked the Police for giving them a chance to partner with th
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2018 Budget: Experts canvas for harmonious relationship between executive and legislature
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
Experts have called on the executive arm of government to work closely and harmoniously with the legislators in future budget preparations.By working harmoniously, it is believed that there will be less friction and delay in the passage of the budget.Speaking exclusively to The Nation on the recently passed and signed 2018 budget and the concerns raised by President Muhammadu Buhari over the tinkering of the budget by the National Assembly, two economists, Professor Uche Uwaleke of Nasarawa Stat
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Nigeria spearheads recharge of Lake Chad with Water Congo River Buhari
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said Nigeria is currently spearheading the recharge of Lake Chad with 3 other African countries through the construction of 2, 500 kilometres of navigible channels from River Ubangi in the Congo Basin.According to the President, the planned recharge of the Lake Chad Basin would address environmental problems created by the loss of over 95 percent freshwater from the lake, leading to massive social and economic loss for millions of families who depend on the
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Egypt to open defence office in Abuja
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
The Egyptian Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Wael-Adel Nadir says his country has concluded plans to open a defence office in Abuja.Nadir revealed this on Thursday when he paid a courtesy to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Olukunle Bamgbose, in Abuja.The envoy said that the establishment of the office which was approved by his government was first of its kind in AfricaHe said that operations of the office would strengthen military relations between the two count
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The Ghost and the Tout: 2018 highest selling movie by over N11m
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
With her movie, The Ghost and the Tout, still running across Nigerian cinemas, cross-over actress Toyin Abraham is over the moon with the new figure of sales recorded by the movie.The movie has been rated in some quarters as 2018s highest selling movie by over N11m.The last six months and the months preceding it have been nothing short of fantastic, she said.I got the new figure for The Ghost and the Tout and I almost cried. Not only have we sold more than the highest selling Nollywood movie thi
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Filmhouse: Kene Mkparu pre-empts sack, resigns
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
Following a tussle with the Board of Filmhouse and FilmOne Distribution, its CEO, Kene Mkparu, has resigned his position with both companies.The companies confirmed this in a statement released by Filmhouse Cinemas and FilmOne Distribution and Production signed by Kene Okwuosa.It is with a heavy heart that I announce the decision of the Board of Directors of Filmhouse Cinemas and FilmOne Distribution and Production, to part ways with Mr. Kene Mkparu, in his position as Managing Director/Chief Ex
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Cine Nomad: Nigerians partake in film exchange programme
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
With the desire to discover the world together, a film collaboration initiative is connecting film crews from different nationalities for the purpose of creative narratives and documentary films.Bringing Nigeria into this creative circle is the founder/CEO of Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) Ms Chioma Ude, who says her passion is to improve standards in the film industry.Anchored on the belief that diversity makes the world move forward, the programme Cine Nomad has burgeoning filmm
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Maggi partners Shirley Frimpong-Manso on Yelo Peppe
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
In a bid to promote nutrition, Nestls MAGGI brand has partnered with Gooogle/Youtube and Ghanaian award-winning film director and writer, Shirley Frimpong-Manso to promote Yelo Ppp, an online nutrition education series to celebrate contemporary African cuisine and promote a healthy lifestyle.The thirteen-week programme which targets Central and West Africa highlights the numerous challenges that modern African women face when trying to balance providing nutritious and healthy food for their fami
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Psalm Peters releases Almighty God
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
Gospel artiste Psalm Peters has released a new single titled Almighty God.The Ekiti State born artiste whose real name is Adeleye Peters said the song is about the awesomeness of God.According to Psalm Peters, he did not venture into music by chance.It is the best thing I can ever do to make me complete and happy, he said.Singing is part of my life, just like when you cant separate water from fish.The musician who has over ten tracks to his credit said his mentors include Decovenant, Kingsley Ik
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Kiss Daniel, G-Worldwides rift continues
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
The dispute between artiste, Kiss Daniel and his former label, G-Worldwide doesnt seem to be letting up as the case, which is currently in court, will be due for hearing again come June 26. This time, information has it that both parties will attempt to settle out of court.According to information, the label is claiming ownership of songs like 4 Dayz, and For You, a collaborated with WizKid, both from the artistes Evolution album. The label is also claiming the artistes new name, Kizz Daniel.A s
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Denrele kicks off birthday giveaway
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
Days after celebrating his 37thbirthday, red carpet host, Denrele Edun is set to change the life of a lucky up and coming artiste in what he described as his ultimate birthday giveaway worth two million naira.According to Denrele, having been in the industry for a while and with understanding of what it takes to become a star, he will be shooting a video for an up and coming artiste.He stated, And to the ultimate 37th birthday giveaway, I want to shoot a music video for an upcoming artiste (who
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Celebs congratulate Mercy Aigbe on new house
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
Its no longer news that Nollywood actress cum entrepreneur, Mercy Aigbe became one of the newest home owners in Lagos.For this new achievement the mother of two has been getting congratulatory messages from her colleagues.The actress, who just bought the new house, revealed that it was unexpected. She further shared with her fans and followers that she has another which is yet to be completed.Appreciating those who have been sending in their felicitations, she wrote; Big thank you to everyone fo
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Gaming platform to boost online entertainment
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
As a way on boosting the Nigerian online entertainment space, football gaming site, 442 Manager, has birthed its operation. According to its management, the site has been thoughtfully designed, programmed and play ready for every football loving Nigerian.The management describes 442 Manager as a fantasy football gaming site that allows users put a stake on their favorite players and at the end of a match period, cash out. Its a new game site with exception and a style of its own promising to giv
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Ibadan DisCo to NERC: weve made all outstanding payments
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
Seeks directors suspension reversedThe management of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), said it has made all outstanding payment on the N6billion loan that instigated the suspension of its directors by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).A statement by the Company Secretary, Seye Alayande , said the news of the suspension was received with shock and disbelief.Alayande said as at yesterday, Integrated Energy Distribution and Marketing Group (IEDMG), has made all o
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PZ Cussons contribution
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
A Singapore-based Wilmar International and PZ CussonNigeria have entered into a joint venture and invested more than $650 million in oil palm plantations and processing facilities in Nigeria.For instance, the company planted almost 26,500 hectares of oil palm in Cross River State.The companys investments in oil palm plantations and associated infrastructures in Cross River State currently stand at about N45 billion (approximately $150 million). These include a processing plant at Calaro Estate i
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Dangote invests N121b on domestic sugar production
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
Pays N21b dividend to shareholdersDangote Sugar Refinery (DSR) Plc, a subsidiary of Dangote Industries Limited, has so far invested N121 billion on its ambitious Sugar for Nigeria Backward Integration Project Plan, which is aimed at developing domestic sugar production capacity through home-grown sugarcane.Addressing shareholders yesterday at the annual general meeting in Lagos, Chairman, Dangote Sugar Refinery (DSR) Plc, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, said the company has spent N121 billion on equipment
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Veteran researchers win golden cassava prize
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
A Principal Scientist and Cassava Breeder with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Dr Alfred Dixon and Dr Hernan Ceballos of the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) have won the 2018 Golden Cassava Prize.The prestigious award, which is usually bestowed on colleagues for their excellent contribution to cassava transformation, was given to the two researchers by the International Scientific Committee of the Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century (G
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Total Nigerias shareholders get N5.77b dividend
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
Shareholders of Total Nigeria Plc will today receive N4.75 billion in final cash dividend for the 2017 business year, after they voted unanimously yesterday at the annual general meeting in Lagos to approve the dividend recommendation by the board of the downstream oil company.Chairman, Total Nigeria Plc, Mr Stanislas Mittelman, said the final dividend of N4.75 billion will be paid to shareholders today in line with the corporate reputation of the petroleum-marketing company for early disburseme
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Nigeria may lose over $561.2m, N334.2m to petrol import rebate
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
Nigeria is to lose $561.2million, as well as N334.2million in revenue due to indiscriminate approval of 50 per cent rebate approved by Federal Government on imported petrol this year, it was learnt yesterday.The rebate has not yielded the desired result of bringing down the N145 per litre price of petrol, the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Ms. Hadiza Usman told a House of Representatives panel.Ms. Usman, who appeared before the Patrick Asadu-led Committee on Ports and Harbou
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Cutting N14.5b from EEG, funding for infrastructure disappointing
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
The signing into law of the 2018 Appropriation Bill by President Muhammadu Buhari has elicited mixed reactions from stakeholders. While some urge the executive and legislative arms to sheathe their swords to move the country forward, others say the budget may not fulfil its aspirations as it might be bogged down by politicking, reportLucas Ajanaku, Emeka Ugwuanyi, Chikodi Okereocha, Okwy Iroegbu-Chikezie Collins Nweze, Akinola Ajibade and Toba Agboola.Varied reactions have greeted the signing of
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Ras Kimono (19582018)
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
A composer, singer and energetic dancer is goneHis 1989 debut albumUnder Pressure, with the popular singleRhumba Stylee, was a hit that signalled the arrival of a new star.This was reggae, but with a local flavour that attracted fans thrilled by the music and stirred by the message.Whats Gwan, released the following year, was a greater success, and underlined the musicians musical power.Ras Kimono, who died in Lagos on June 10, aged 60, stamped his personality on his music. He wore dreadlocks an
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AMCON, stakeholders partner on asset disposal
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), is collaborating with stakeholders on ways of disposing its toxic assets, the Managing Director/CEO, Mr. Ahmed Kuru has said.Kuru, who was represented by Aminu Ismail, Executive Director in charge of Operations, AMCON at a two-day Asset Sales Strategy Retreat, which ended in Abuja yesterday, said part of the agenda was to expand the scope of its sales strategy by engaging professionals from the real estate sector, including legal experts and r
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Terror exchange
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
Federal Government must take The Sun of Londons report seriouslyNothing illustrates better the highly organised and well coordinated enterprise that the international terrorist network has become than the strange and disturbing news of the existence of a perverse terror exchange programme between militant Nigerian Islamic extremists and commanders of the Jihadist terrorist organisation, Islamic State (IS), which has a particularly strong presence in Iraq and Syria.According to a report by The Su
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Oando, Aramco CEOs discuss oil future at OPEC confab
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
The Group Chief Executive of Nigerias indigenous integrated oil firm, Oando PLC, Wale Tinubu, will join the CEO of Saudi Aramco, Amin Nasser and other international oil majors to deliberate on the future of oil.A statement by Oando PLC, said Tinubu will join other CEOs in reinforcing the growth and strength of oil independents at the ongoing Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) international seminar, in Vienna, Austria.To discuss the theme of the summit Petroleum Cooperation fo
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SEC seeks financial inclusion for Nigerians
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday said it hopes to reach 80 per cent of the population by 2020 in its financial inclusion initiative.The organisation said there is need for Nigerians in rural areas to be effectively sensitised on the benefits of investing in the capital market.Its Acting Director-General, Ms. Mary Uduk, said this at a sensitisation campaign in Kwali Area Council, Abuja.Represented by the Acting Head of Department, Market Development Department at the commiss
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