NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [4 JULY, 2018].

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National Assembly backs state police as gunmen kill 7 cops in Abuja
Wed, 04 Jul 2018

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The Senate and the House of Representatives on Tuesday declared the country’s security system a “failed architecture” and backed the call for the establishment of state police to contain the escalating killings by herdsmen across many states.

The federal lawmakers’ decision to grant the request of many prominent Nigerians including governors for state police is hinged on the continued killings in the country and the inability of the security agencies to end incessant violence and murders.

The two chambers of the National Assembly have, therefore, agreed to amend the constitution to achieve this objective.

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This is coming just as seven policemen were shot dead by unknown gunmen in Abuja on Monday night.

To achieve the state police structure, the House resolved to revisit the amendment of the 1999 Constitution so that the present federal police structure would be decentralised, while the Senate has begun the process to amend the constitution to allow for the creation of state police.

Specifically, the Senate at the plenary on Tuesday mandated the Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution led by the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, to present an amendment bill within two weeks.

The lawmakers resolved that the bill would enjoy speedy consideration.

House declares Plateau killings genocide

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Also, the House of Representatives declared the country’s security system a “failed architecture” and sought the establishment of state police to contain the escalating killings by herdsmen across many states.
Lawmakers specifically declared the recent killing of “over 215 persons” by herdsmen in Plateau State as “genocide,” saying that it was high time the Federal Government sought external help to confront the killer herdsmen.

Recall that on three previous attempts since the 2010, a proposal for state police was rejected by the National Assembly during the amendment of the constitution.

But, as the reality of the lives being taken by the herdsmen dawned on members on Tuesday, the majority of them supported a resolution to amend the constitution in a bid to accommodate state police.

The House passed the resolution after five members from Plateau State moved a motion on the “Massacre of over 2015 Persons in Plateau State.”

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APC crisis: Oshiomhole is coming too late, we are leaving- ShehuSani
Wed, 04 Jul 2018

Senator Shehu Sani (APC, Kaduna) has revealed plans by aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress in Kaduna State to leave the party.

He told reporters in Abuja, on Tuesday, that the new APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole assumed office at a time it had become too late to reconcile them with the party.

Sani said, “I wish Adams has come earlier because like I said these grenades that were laid by the former chairman will explode in a matter of days.”

According to him, party leaders including President Muhammadu Buhari have proved incapable of handling the crisis.

The Senator explained that the ward, local government and state congresses in Kaduna were flawed and that complaints he and other party members lodged were ignored by the Chief John Odigie-Oyegun-led National Working Committee.

He noted that to further compound am already bad situation, the immediate past party leadership went ahead to inaugurate the executive committee’s which emerged from the flawed congresses.

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Sani said, “It is also very clear to us that even President Muhammadu Buhari is incapable of tackling the menace of the governor of Kaduna state.

“How can a governor, openly called for violence against Senators and not a statement came from the seat of power cautioning such a governor?

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Again, Soyinka attacks Obasanjo in new book
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Gbenga Adeniji and Olaleye Aluko Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has advised former President Olusegun Obasanjo to desist from struggling to restore Nigeria to the path of sanity and moderate rectitude, describing him as objectively unfitted for the role. He urged him to instead head for a monastery. Soyinka said, I know that deep inside, []
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DSS storms Ekiti school, arrests officials
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti Operatives of the Department of State Services on Tuesday swooped on a secondary school in Ado-Ekiti, Ola Oluwa Muslim Grammar School, and arrested some members of staff. Those arrested were the Secretary to the Principal, one Mrs Olagbemi, and an Office Assistant, one Mrs Ogunrinde. They were arrested for allegedly collecting []
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Protests at National Assembly over project insertion in 2018 budget
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja A group of protesters under the auspices of the National Convener of Citizens Action to Take Back Nigeria on Tuesday laid siege to the main entrance to the National Assembly Complex in Abuja to demand the resignation of President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu []
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Plateau killings: Police apprehend 11 suspects, recover rifles
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Adelani Adepegba and John Charles The police have arrested 11 suspects in connection with the killings of over 200 persons in Barkin Ladi and Riyom in Plateau State. The suspects are Biliaminu Abdullahi; Samaila Saleh; Muhammadu Kabiru; Aminu Mohammed; Alhassan Saidu and Abubakar Adam. Others included Gazali Isah, Hamza Inusa, Yahuza Yau, Dahiru Ahmed and []
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NYSC to spend N87m on life jackets for corps members
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The National Youth Service Corps is set to spend about N87,000,000 to purchase 2000 life jackets for corps members, especially those posted to the riverine communities and states. According to the 2018 Budget which was approved by President Muhammadu Buhari for the scheme, the NYSC authorities listed a sum of N87,952,079 for []
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Killings: No law forbids Christians from self-defence, says PFN
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Friday Olokor, Jos Although Christians have been victims of various killings in the country perpetrated by suspected Fulani herdsmen, the peace-making efforts of the church should not be misunderstood to be a weakness, the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, has warned. The organisation on Tuesday said that there was no law prohibiting Christians from defending themselves []
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21 kings: Olubadan asks Ajimobi to respect rule of law
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, on Tuesday, called on Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State to respect the rule of law by desisting from telling the public that the installation of 21 Ibadan kings was irreversible. On Monday, the governor presented new cars to the 21 Ibadan kings and 15 []
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Prevail on Buhari to produce Kanu, IPOB tells US, UK, UN
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Tony Okafor,Awka The Indigenous People of Biafra on Tuesday asked Britain the United States of America and the United Nations to prevail on President Muhammadu Buhari to release its leader, Nnamdi Kanu. The group in a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, insisted that Buhari knew the whereabouts of Kanu. The group []
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Wike is a promise keeper, says Tambuwal
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, has described the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, as a promise keeper who is committed to the development of the state. Speaking on Tuesday during a visit to Rivers State,Tambuwal also inaugurated the College of Medical Sciences building at the Rivers State University. He said, I am tempted to recommend []
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France cant fix Africas problems, says Macron
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The French President, Mr Emmanuel Macron, on Tuesday, at a press conference after his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, expressed his countrys readiness to assist African countries to overcome their security challenges. He, however, said France would not be the one to completely fix African problems. He said, I think the main []
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Involve monarchs in tax collection, Oluwo urges govt
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Feyisayo Popoola The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrosheed Akanbi, has advised government at all levels to involve traditional rulers in effective tax collection. Akanbi said in a statement that the notion would attract more revenue to the government as monarchs were the closest to the grassroots. He said tax collection, as one of the primary []
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Ekiti gov poll: Fayemi meets Buhari, gets courts nod to contest
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Olalekan Adetayo and Ade Adesomoju The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, on Tuesday met behind closed doors with President Muhammadu Buhari. The meeting took place in the Presidents office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja a few hours after Buhari returned to the country from Mauritania where he []
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Disease outbreak claims three inmates in Kontagora prison
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Enyioha Opara, Minna No fewer than three inmates have died following an outbreak of tuberculosis in Kontagora prisons, Niger State. Findings revealed that two of the inmates died of tuberculosis while the third one lost his life as a result of kidney-related disease. One of the deceased inmates, who was said to be on a []
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Flood submerges Adamawa homes
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Hindi Livinus, Yola Many houses have been submerged by flood following a downpour which lasted about five hours on Sunday in Adamawa. Many residents, especially those living in flood-prone areas, were trapped indoors by the flood which submerged houses in Yola, the state capital. The devastation by the flood was most pronounced in Jambutu, Yolde []
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Katsina community mourns as four girls drown in dam
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Olaide Oyelude, Katsina Residents of Dan-zango village in the Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State are mourning the death of four teenagers who died in a boat accident on Sunday morning. The deceased included Yesira Suleiman,16; Safawu Seidu,16; Fridaus Ibrahim,16; and Sekiya Isa,17. Family sources revealed that the teenagers along with their friend, Maryam []
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AGF denies US courts $6.59bn default judgment against Nigeria
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice,Mr.Abubakar Malami (SAN), onTuesday,denied media reports that a United States District Court gave a default judgment affirming a$6.59bn arbitral award against Nigeria. A default judgment implies that the case leading to the courts decision was not defended by the party against whom the order []
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HoCSFleads permanent secretaries, others onstudytour to Malaysia
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation,Mrs.Winifred Oyo-Ita, is currently leading some top government officials on what he office described as bench markingand study tour of Malaysia. Her Director, Media and Public Relations, Olawunmi Ogunmosunle, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists on Tuesday. Those who are on []
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Communal tensions to increase ahead of 2019 US agency
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The United States Institute of Peace says its investigations show that there may be an increase in communal clashes ahead of the 2019 general elections. The USIP revealed this while presenting a report titled, Nigerias 2019 Elections: Change, Continuity and the Risks to Peace in Abuja on Tuesday. The report was based []
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$15.5m fraud: Conviction of Dudafas companies stands, says judge
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday dismissed an application seeking to change the guilty plea of four companies charged with laundering a sum of $15.5m. The four companies were linked to a former Special Adviser to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on Domestic Affairs, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa. They are Pluto Property and Investment Company []
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Killings: Are Ona Kakanfo advocates urgent South West security summit
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Gbenga Adeniji The Are Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Chief Gani Adams, has called for an urgent security summit in the South-West to address the disconcerting killings by herdsmen across the country. Adams said in a statement on Tuesday that events in the last few months in the country had shown that Nigeria was at a []
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Borno gov claims insurgency in North-East largely over
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Olalekan Adetayo and Kayode Idowu The Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, on Tuesday claimed that insurgency in the North-East geopolitical zone was largely over. Shettima said this in an interview with State House correspondents after meeting the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He said []
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Nigeria-Kuwait relationship excites Buhari
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday commended the cordial relations between Nigeria and the State of Kuwait. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement said Buhari spoke while receiving the outgoing Ambassador of the State of Kuwait, Dr. Abdulaziz Alsharrah, at the Presidential Villa, []
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Zonal intervention projects to gulp N100bn this year FG
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Federal Government is to spend a total of N100bn on special intervention projects across the six geo-political zones of the country, documents obtained from the Budget Office of the Federation have revealed. The amount has already been captured in the 2018 budget, which was signed by President Muhammadu Buhari last month. []
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Effects of lead on reproductive functions (2)
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Oladapo Ashiru Lead service pipes, lead in food, and lead paint have played different roles at different times. Lead service pipes were a major source of exposure in the early 20th century. The treatment of water to manage pH and the use of other types of pipes reduced water lead levels. To further address remaining []
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Ambode urges directors to make good decisions
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Tuesday told directors in the state public service not to make decisions that would harm the system. The governor spoke at a two-day training in High Impact Decision Making Programme for Directors in the Lagos State Public Service in Ikeja. Ambode said a process-informed decision-making style []
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Experts seek solution to rising cases of mental illness
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Dayo Ojerinde A consultant psychiatrist at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Dr. Kehinde Shodimu, has stressed that there is a scientific explanation for mental illness as against the belief in some quarters linking it to metaphysical powers. Shodimu made the statement last Saturday during a mental wellness awareness seminar organised by the Magodo Residents Association. []
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Group tackles cultism in Otuoke
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa A non-governmental organisation, Patriotism Advancement and Community Orientation Network, has taken its anti-cultism and drug abuse campaign to Otuoke, the hometown of former President Goodluck Jonathan in the Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. Before the planned sensitisation to Jonathans community, Otuoke is regarded as one of the haven for cultists. []
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Soyinka, others rise against drug abuse
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Dayo Ojerinde Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has described drug abuse and trafficking as two major concerns that have acquired critical dimensions in modern society all over the world. Soyinka made this known at an exhibition organised by the Creative Youth Community Development Initiative as part of activities marking the World Drug Day. Speaking through []
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PMS thieves sailing from Oron to Bakassi meet their Waterloo in Calabar
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Mudiaga Affe, Calabar The Nigerian Navy Ship Victory in Calabar, Cross River State has handed over four suspected Premium Motor Spirit thieves to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps for prosecution. The suspects, who were arrested along the Calabar waterways, were said to be coming from Oron in Akwa Ibom State and heading to []
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Macron in Nigeria to talk security, boost cultural ties
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday sought improved ties with English-speaking Africa, setting out a plan for closer cooperation with Nigeria to tackle security challenges and promote a new vision of the continent back home. Macron arrived in the capital, Abuja, from Mauritania, where he met leaders on the sidelines of the final day of []
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Eagles forgettable World Cup showing
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
CONTRARY to the expectations of the usually overly optimistic Nigerian football followers, the national team made a disappointing early exit from the ongoing FIFA World Cup Finals in Russia, after the first round of matches. With two agonising defeats and a solitary win out of three group matches, it was a hugely underwhelming performance by []
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Card reader: Fayose confronts INEC, police, DSS with video evidence
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, on Tuesday, confronted the Independent National Electoral Commission with video evidence of pre-loading of card readers in the state. The challenge came a day after a National Commissioner with INEC, Mrs Aminat Zakari, challenged the governor to prove allegations that she had conspired with three []
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Court re-opens Metuh’s defence, orders Channels TV journalists’ arraignment
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday ordered the re-opening of the defence of a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, in respect of the money laundering case against him. Metuh and his company, Destra Investment Limited, are being prosecuted for money laundering charges involving $2m []
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I’ll support Igbo presidency at the right time ‘ Buhari
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Olusola Fabiyi, Chidiebube Okeoma and Gibson Achonu President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said he believed that the Igbo had the right to the Presidency and promised to back Igbo Presidency at ‘the |right time.’ He, however, solicited the support of the Igbo for his re-election bid in 2019, saying next year’s general elections would determine []
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Domestic debt servicing gulped N923.3bn in three months ‘DMO
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Eerest Amaefule, Abuja The Federal Government spent a total of N923.3bn on servicing domestic debts in the first three months of the year, statistics obtained from the Debt Management Office have shown. A breakdown of the statistics shows that the Federal Government spent a total of N643.63bn on the payment of interest, while N279.67bn was []
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Embracing analytics in workplaces
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Ozioma Ubabukoh In a rapidly changing business environment, businesses are under pressure not only to comply with constantly changing regulations but also to modernise their processes and systems. The purpose is to help reduce compliance costs, improve efficiency and effectiveness, stay competitive and drive innovation while looking for better ways to serve their customers. Against []
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NNPC seeks capital market funds for oil projects
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation is planning to raise money from the capital market to finance oil projects across the country. The Federal Government on Tuesday also declared that crude oil would remain useful for a long time despite the use of electric cars in some parts of the world. The government []
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Submarine cable investments hit $2.2tn, says FG
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Investments in submarine cables in the country have risen to $2.2tn, the Federal Government has said. It stated on Tuesday that the investments were done in the last five years, adding that more investors were currently investing in submarine cables in the Information and Communications Technology sector. The Minister of Communications, Adebayo []
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CBN boosts forex market with fresh $210m
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Femi Asu and Feyisayo Popoola The Central Bank of Nigeria has injected another sum of $210m into the interbank foreign exchange market. The CBN said the new supply was part of efforts to ensure liquidity in the forex market in order to meet customers’ requests in various segments of the market. According to a statement, []
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Firm to invest N9.7bn in Lagos airport’s ground transport
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Elysium Integrated Development Company has submitted a proposal to invest about $27m (N9.7bn) in a mass transit ground transportation structure at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, has said. The minister was quoted to have said this on Tuesday, while inaugurating a project team for []
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Contributory pension scheme records 8.02 million participants
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Nike Popoola The number of workers with Retirement Savings Accounts under the Contributory Pension Scheme rose to 8.02 million at the end of April this year, figures released by the National Pension Commission on Monday showed. The total pension funds under management by operators also rose to N8.09tn in the period under review. According to []
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Adamawa gov lauds Fidelity Bank for CSR initiative
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
The Governor of Adamawa State, Mohammed Bindow, has commended Fidelity Bank Plc for its support for the development of education in the state and across the country through its sustainable corporate social responsibility initiative. According to a statement, the governor, while speaking during the handover of the newly constructed block of classrooms to the management []
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Unity Bank to reward 3,000 customers
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Feyisayo Popoola Unity Bank Plc says it plans to reward 3,000 customers in the ‘Season 2 Unity Verve for Value Promo’ offer. The bank said in a statement that it would give out cash prizes and other material rewards to customers and verve card holders. According to the statement, the Season 2 offer is a []
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Jaiz Bank, 29 others drag stock market lower
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Femi Asu The equities market extended its decline on Tuesday as 30 companies led by Jaiz Bank Plc recorded losses at the close of trading on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. The nation’s stock market kicked off the second half of the year on a negative note on Monday, reversing the slight gains recorded last month. []
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Participating in fuel production through jatropha cultivation
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
One of the new areas of agriventure is to cultivate crops that serve other economic purposes apart from food. One of such plants of interest is the diesel bearing plant, jatropha curcas, known in Igbo language as mpianya. In response to the needs of a dynamic global market, jatropha curcas provides us an opportunity to []
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Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri rail line’ll begin operation in two weeks ‘ Okheria
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Rasheed Bisiriyu More than three decades after the commencement of construction on a 276-kilometre standard gauge rail line linking Warri in Delta State to Ajaokuta, Kogi State, train operation will begin on the route in two weeks, the Managing Director, Nigerian Railway Corporation, Mr Fidet Okheria, has said. Okheria, who spoke at a press briefing []
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Stanbic IBTC to support aviation industry revamp
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Feyisayo Popoola Stanbic IBTC Bank has revealed plans to support the revamp of the nation’s aviation industry. The Chief Executive Officer, Stanbic IBTC Bank, Demola Sogunle, while speaking at the aviation industry breakfast session organised by the bank in Lagos, said the bank was better placed to reposition the aviation industry. According to him, the []
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