NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [29 JUNE, 2018].

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Nine dead, 54 vehicles burnt in Lagos tanker fire
Fri, 29 Jun 2018

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Tragedy struck on Thursday at the Otedola Bridge, Lagos end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, after a petrol-laden tanker crashed and exploded.

No fewer than 54 cars and commercial vehicles driving behind the tanker on the road were said to have been gutted by fire, during which nine people were reportedly killed.
Emergency management workers were said to have been mobilised to the scene to rescue commuters trapped in the accident.

PUNCH Metro learnt that some motorists, who made a U-turn and attempted to flee the scene of the incident, crashed into other vehicles.

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Lives were reportedly lost in the secondary accident that resulted from the confusion caused by the fallen tanker.

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An eyewitness, Nkechi Obiageli, said the accident occurred around 5pm.

She said, “I was in a commercial bus heading towards the Mowe area of Ogun State. The bus was beside the tanker.

“There was traffic and when it cleared a little, the bus driver manoeuvred his way to the front. We were about a few vehicles away from the tanker, when we heard the sound of an explosion.

“The fuel from the tanker spilled on the expressway and all the vehicles at its back went up in flames. People ran for dear life. There was confusion everywhere.”
A bus driver, Sunday Esene, said his vehicle was burnt in the accident.

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UN condemns Plateau killings, AI says FG encouraging murderers
Fri, 29 Jun 2018

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, on Thursday expressed concern over violent conflicts between farmers and herders in countries across West and Central Africa, particularly the Plateau attacks that claimed the lives of over 86 villagers on Saturday.

But the Amnesty International has said by failing to hold murderers to account, the Federal Government is encouraging impunity that is fuelling rising insecurity across the country.

The Director Amnesty International Nigeria, Osai Ojigho, stated this in a report released by the international agency on Thursday.

AI stated that its independently verified estimated figures indicated that since January 2018 “at least 1,813 people had been murdered in 17 states, which is double the 894 people killed in 2017.”

Ojigho stated, “The death tolls reflect killings as a result of farmers-herders conflict, communal clashes, Boko Haram attacks and banditry.

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“We are gravely concerned about the rising spate of killings across the country, especially the communal clashes between farmers and herders and attacks by bandits across at least 17 states.

“The authorities have a responsibility to protect lives and property, but they are clearly not doing enough going by what is happening.”

Ojigho added, “The latest incident in Plateau State, where armed gunmen attacked 11 villages on June 23 for at least seven hours and killed at least 200 villagers without intervention from security forces should be investigated.

“That the violence in Plateau started after an attack, which was followed by reprisals from Thursday, June 21 shows unacceptable security lapses.

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Security: Group seeks collaboration with police
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
Deji Lambo The Managing Director, Halogen Security Company Limited, Mr. Wale Olaoye, and the Chief Operating Officer, Academy Halogen, Dr Wale Adeagbo, have urged the police to collaborate with private security firms to improve security in the country. They spoke on Thursday during a workshop tagged, Crime Prevention and Community Safety, in the Ikeja area []
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PDP accuses INEC commissioner, others of plotting to rig Ekiti poll
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party has raised the alarm over alleged plots by a national commissioner at the Independent National Electoral Commission and two directors to manipulate the system and rig the July 14 Ekiti governorship election in favour of the All Progressives Congress. INEC had, however, dismissed the allegation. The party said []
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Nigeria vulnerable to cyber terror, Dokubo warns
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo, has warned that reliance on computer systems, wireless networks and ubiquitous Internet-enabled smart devices, including smartphones, televisions and various tiny devices, has made Nigeria vulnerable and susceptible to potentially debilitating attacks. According to []
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Police parade suspected bombers of Nwodos house
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
Ihuoma Chiedozie, Enugu The police in Enugu on Thursday declared that the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra was responsible for the bombing of the country home of the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, on April 29. Improvised explosive devices were used in the attack on the Ohanaeze leaders residence at Ukehe, in []
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Well start spending $321m Abacha loot next month FG
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
UK votes N280m to monitoring usage of recovered loot Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Federal Government will begin drawing money from the $321m loot repatriated to Nigeria from Switzerland next month. The fund, which was part of the money stolen by the late military dictator, Gen. Sani Abacha, will be used to fund the Social Investment []
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Female presidential aspirant unfolds agenda
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
Gibson Achonu, Owerri A presidential aspirant on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, Dr. Adeline Iwuagwu-Emihe, has raised a 10-point transformational and developmental agenda she will vigorously pursue if given the presidential mandate. Iwuagwu-Emihe, who is an American-trained political administrator, revealed this in a statement made available to journalists on Thursday in Owerri, the Imo []
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Lack of data caused increase in HIV infections Buhari
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
explains how FG changed mining sectors fortune Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja, Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari says lack of credible data on the HIV epidemic affected Nigerias ability to compete for foreign donations and ultimately worsened the spread of the disease, making Nigeria the country with the second largest HIV burden in the world. Buhari []
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Buhari signs medical residency training bill into law
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday signed two bills into law. They are the Medical Residency Training Act 2018 and the Hydroelectric Power Producing Areas Development Commission (Establishment, etc) Amendment Act 2018. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang, disclosed this in a statement made available []
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NIRSAL, AfDB, IITA embrace technology to transform agriculture
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Nigerian Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending has entered into a partnership with the African Development Bank and the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture to use technological advancement to transform Nigeria’s agricultural sector. This is expected to reduce prices of food items for consumers and increase incomes for smallholder farmers []
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Alleged oil theft: NDelta militants demand JTF commanders sacking
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt A coalition of Niger Delta militants has called for the sacking of Real Admiral Apochi Suleiman as the Commander of the Joint Task Force (Operation Delta Safe), alleging his involvement in illegal oil bunkering in the region. The group known as the Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators also warned that it []
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Saraki eulogises ex-ICAN boss, Olakunri
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has eulogised a former National President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and the first female chartered accountant in sub-Saharan Africa, the late Mrs. Olutoyin Olusola Olakunri. Saraki, who spoke at the wake for Olakunri held at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, []
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Late budget passage erodes 13% of GDP ‘ LCCI
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Thursday said the late passage of budgets was costing the country a lot in monetary terms, time and other resources, leading to about 13 per cent drop in the value of the Gross Domestic Product. The chamber stated that this had become a big threat to achieving []
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Small telecom operators to enjoy special incentives, says NCC
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja Small operators in the Nigerian telecommunications industry are to enjoy special incentives going by new packages just approved by the Federal Government. The Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof Umar Danbatta, disclosed this in an interview with journalists at the 84th edition of the Telecom Consumer Parliament in Abuja on Thursday. []
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MSMEs catalysts for growth, says LASG
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Government has described owners of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in the state as catalysts for socio-economic change responsible for employment generation, wealth creation and economic growth. The Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, Mrs Olayinka Oladunjoye, said this at an event organised to mark Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise []
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Ashafa urges youths to change Nigeria, hails Fashola
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
The representative of the Lagos East District in the Senate, Gbenga Ashafa, on Thursday urged Nigerian youths to turn the challenges in the country into opportunities. The senator said this on Thursday in his remarks at the BRF GABFEST 2018 in commemoration of the 55th birthday of the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde []
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NNPC underpayment: Adeosun asks Buhari, govs to act
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
We had agreement with governors on N147bn remittance’ Olalekan Adetayo, Femi Makinde, Simon Utebor, Mudiaga Affe, Ifeanyi Onuba and Okechukwu Nnodim The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, on Thursday said she had briefed President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and state governors on the monthly meeting of the Federation Account Allocation Committee []
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Oni, others working for Fayemis victory Bamidele
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe The Director-General of the Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organisation, Opeyemi Bamidele, has said the All Progressives Congress entertains no fear about the victory of its candidate in the July 14 governorship poll in Ekiti State. Bamidele said he had confidence in the leadership of the party in Ekiti State, including former governor Segun Oni []
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World Bank approves $2.1bn loan for seven Nigerian projects
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
Everest Amaefule and Feyisayo Popoola The World Bank has announced the approval of $2.1bn loan for seven projects to be executed in Nigeria. A statement issued in Abuja on Thursday said the loans were approved in Washington DC on Wednesday and were for seven projects to support Nigeria’s investment in nutrition, access to electricity, states’ []
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Agbakoba, Kuku, others demand new constitution at VOR Colloquium
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
Dayo Ojerinde The agitators for the restructuring of the political and economic structures of the country on Thursday converged on Lagos, to take a stand on the debate for a new Nigeria. Speaking at a colloquium and leadership series organised by a Think-Tank Group, Voice of Reason, at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Victoria []
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Easy ways to improve your savings account
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
Like so many things in life, setting money aside as savings is a habit that needs to be developed. If you want to see your nest egg grow, you need to do what you can to encourage a savings habit. Setting money aside needs to become a way of life, instead of some sort of []
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Im not Atikus running mate Peter Obi
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
Tony Okafor, Awka A former governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi, has described the story doing the rounds that he has been picked as the running mate of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in the 2019 presidential election as speculation. Atiku, a former Vice-President, is a presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party []
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UAC repositioning to drive profitable growth
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
Femi Asu The Chairman, UAC of Nigeria Plc, Mr Dan Agbor, has said the company is being repositioned to meet current challenges and take advantage of opportunities in the economy to drive profitable growth. Agbor, who spoke at the company’s Annual General Meeting in Lagos, told shareholders, ‘The 2018 financial year is a transitional year, []
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Lagos-Ibadan rail: FG orders CCECC back to Lagos
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
Condemns poor engagement of Nigerian engineers Rasheed Bisiriyu and Okechukwu Nnodim The Federal Government has directed the contractor handling the modern Lagos-Ibadan rail line, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, to commence work on the Lagos-end of the project, having cleared most of the huddles hindering the job, including the right of way issue. This []
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FCMB expands banking services in UK
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
FCMB Bank (UK) Limited says it has obtained a variation of its banking permission to include retail (investments) services. The permission, according to a statement, was granted by the Prudential Regulation Authority and became effective on June 8, 2018. According to the lender, individuals and business enterprises seeking to transact their banking services between Nigeria []
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AfCFTA: Trade negotiator not giving true picture, says MAN
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
Anna Okon The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria has raised concerns over Nigeria’s proposed move to sign the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement. MAN stated that the Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiation’s version of the outcome of the stakeholders’ engagements and sensitisation, as reported in the media, did not adequately reflect the overall proceedings and []
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Quality products essential, SON tells food, beverage firms
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta The Director-General/Chief Executive, Standards Organisation of Nigeria, Mr Osita Aboloma, has called on manufacturers in the food and beverage industries to ensure production of quality products at all times. He said this on Wednesday during the presentation of the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System certificate to the Rite Foods Limited at its []
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African free trade pact good for e-commerce firms
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
Femi Asu The Chief Executive Officer of Jumia Nigeria, Juliet Anammah, has said the African Continental Free Trade Agreement will encourage partnerships among e-commerce firms within the continent and impact Nigeria’s growing economy significantly. Anammah was quoted in a statement as saying this while answering questions from journalists in Lagos on the implications of the []
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Police brutality, extortion now at frightening level CJN
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, has directed that Chief Magistrates should periodically inspect police stations and other detention centres in their domains, to curb growing level of citizens maltreatment by police and other security agencies. This followed what he described as the frightening proportions of horrific incidents of police []
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Edo, IITA to collaborate on cassava production
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
Anna Okon The Edo State Government and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture have agreed to join forces to bring about transformational change in cassava production. The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, disclosed this after at the international conference on water-energy-food systems in sub-Saharan Africa, organised by the Pennsylvania State University in collaboration with the []
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2018 budget: Are cuts made by the National Assembly in allocations for critical projects justified
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
The National Assembly members with their action of cutting allocations for critical projects have failed Nigerians who elected them into governance. They have failed us who made them their representatives. These are very feasible and viable projects for the growth of our economy. Look at the rail and road projects that connect the South-West to []
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Distributors win big at FMN awards
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc has said it rewarded key distributors of its products during an annual customer forum and awards ceremony in Lagos. It said in a statement that the Group Managing Director, FMN, Paul Gbededo, and some of the senior management team members of the Foods Division including the Managing Director, Foods, Delvin []
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Shoprite plans Africa’s biggest clean-up event
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
Anna Okon The Shoprite Group has announced plans to stage Africa’s biggest clean-up at which over 6,000 people in nine countries are expected to participate in almost 500 events. According to a statement on Thursday, the event, which is scheduled to take place from July 14 to 18, is aimed at removing waste from communities. []
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Blackmail cant stop me from succeeding Aregbesola Osun Speaker
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
Femi Makinde, Osogbo The Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Mr. Najeem Salam, has said the blackmail employed against him by some politicians cannot stop him from realising his ambition of becoming the governor of the state after Governor Rauf Aregbesola. The Speaker said this in Osogbo on Thursday while declaring his governorship []
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London has more capital for Nigeria ‘ Lord Mayor
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
Femi Asu The Lord Mayor of London, Charles Bowman, on Thursday, said the City of London has the ability to provide more access to finance for the development of Nigeria’s infrastructure. Bowman, who stated this in Lagos at an event, described Nigeria as an important bilateral partner ‘with whom the UK already enjoys a special []
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Well make Ejigbo business hub LCDA chair
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Chairman, Ejigbo Local Council Development Area of Lagos State, Mr. Monsuru Bello, has said he aims to create a business hub in Ejigbo community by partnering the corporate organisations doing business in the LCDA and attracting others. This, he said, had become necessary to increase the LCDAs internally-generated revenue to be able []
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Economic incompetence caused recession ‘Moghalu
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
Feyisayo Popoola A former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, has said economic incompetence led the country into recession. Moghalu, while speaking at the annual lecture of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria in Lagos on Thursday, said the economy was being run on an ad hoc basis and []
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Abraaj bankruptcy won’t affect Custodian Investment
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
Femi Asu The Group Managing Director of Custodian Investment Plc, Mr Wole Oshin, has said the company will not be affected by the liquidation of the Abraaj Holdings, a Dubai-based investment firm. According to a statement, Aureos Africa Fund, which is managed by Abraaj Investment Management Limited, holds minority shares of Custodian Investment. It said []
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NGO spends N2.6bn on kids treatment
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
John Charles Christian Aid UK, Nigeria, on Thursday, said it had spent over N2.6bn in over two years on the treatment of malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea in children under five years old in rural communities across seven states of Nigeria. The Country Director of Christian Aid UK, Nigeria, Mr. Charles Usie, stated this during a []
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Herders terrorism: Buharis failing presidency
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
THERE is a sense in which it can be said that those entrusted with the sacred duty of securing lives and property in this country have failed abysmally. The recent massacre of innocent citizens in Plateau State reinforces this failure and is a poignant reminder of the harvest of senseless deaths recorded since this administration []
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Omoworare advocates value addition to raw materials
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
Femi Makinde, Osogbo The Senator representing Osun East Senatorial District, Babajide Omoworare, has called on government and Nigerians to begin to think seriously on adding value to raw materials produced in the country in order to increase their worth and to create jobs for the youths. According to a statement made available to our correspondent []
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Nestl unveils online series to promote healthy cooking
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
Anna Okon Nestl has unveiled an online nutrition education series, called MAGGI Yelo Ppp, to celebrate contemporary African cuisine and promote healthy lifestyle. According to a statement, the 13-week programme highlights the numerous challenges that modern African women face when trying to balance providing nutritious and healthy food for their family with all the other []
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29 consumers win N3m in Indomie video contest
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
Indomie, a noodles brand, said it had declared online sensation, David B-Online, from Lagos, the winner of the N1m grand prize from the final stage of ‘My Indomie My Remix’ video contest. The N1m cheque was presented to the grand prize winner along 28 other winners of cash prizes of N500,000, N200,000 and N50, 000 []
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Only 350 Nigerians owe us N4.3trn AMCON boss
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria says that only 350 Nigerians are responsible for more than 80 per cent of the N5.4 trillion debt portfolio of the company. The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of AMCON, Mr. Ahmed Kuru, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeriain Abuja on Wednesday. According to Kuru, []
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A’Ibom women to benefit from cottage industries
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
Etim Ekpimah, Uyo The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, has said he will establish cottage industries in the state to enable women to generate revenue to take care of themselves and their families. He said the cottage industries would alleviate poverty, improve sustainable development and bring about more development in the state for []
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CCNN, BUA’s Kalambaina Cement Company set to merge
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
The Board of Directors of Cement Company of Northern Nigeria said it had informed the Nigerian Stock Exchange of its proposed merger with the BUA-owned Kalambaina Cement Company Limited. According to the board, this was disclosed in filings to regulatory authorities and is subject to various approvals. If approved, the combined entity will have a []
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Rising middle class good for local industries ‘Kewalram
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
Anna Okon The Vice President, Projects, Kewalram Chanrai Group, Sanjeev Tondon, has said the rising middle class in Nigeria will help to boost local industries in terms of production and patronage. According to him, most countries have been able to transform their economies as a result of the high purchasing power of the middle class. []
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Farmers, firm move to end post-harvest losses
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
Anna Okon The South West Farmers Association and the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria Commission have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a data-gathering firm, Orbital Solutions Global Services Limited, aimed at putting an end to post-harvest losses and clashes between farmers and herdsmen. Orbital Solutions Global Services operates on the platform of ‘AgroXchange’ while []
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