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Fayemi wins as APC, PDP woo voters with cash
Sun, 15 Jul 2018

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The All Progressives Congress candidate in the Ekiti State governorship election, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has won the poll held on Saturday.

From the results of the 16 local government areas in the state, Fayemi defeated his closest rival, Prof. Kolapo Olusola of the Peoples Democratic Party, in 12 LGAs.

Fayemi polled 197,459 while Olusola scored 178,114 votes.

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The election witnessed a large turnout of voters and early arrival of the ad hoc staff and supervisors of INEC at polling units.

Voting materials also arrived early in many polling units across the state while voters conducted themselves well during accreditation process.

But tension set in as allegations of vote-buying were levelled against party agents by voters in some polling units. In some cases, the situation led to friction among loyalists of various political parties.

At Ward 12 in the Igbehin area of Ado-Ekiti, an elderly voter, who spoke on condition of anonymity, accused the All Progressives Congress of offering N5,000 to those who had the Permanent Voter Card to secure their votes. He said he rejected the offer.

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“I was offered N5,000 to vote for the party but I rejected it. I am 73 years old retired teacher. I cannot allow the future of my children to be bought by moneybags. I don’t know how we descended to this level when people brazenly offer money to people to secure their votes. It was not like this in the past. Will our votes count with this problem?” he asked.

In Ayegbaju and Oye-Ekiti, it was alleged that party agents paid those who had no PVC N2,000 to vote in connivance with the INEC officials.

A source, who simply identified herself as Bimbo, said after those who had PVC had voted, some of the remaining ballot papers were thumb-printed by youths who had no PVC with the promise of financial gratification.

She said, “If you look well and observe the polling units, the INEC officials connive to allow this thing to happen. They pretended to check the fingerprint but it is fraud they are perpetrating.”

The Peoples Democratic Party was also accused of offering voters N3,000 each to secure their votes. Apart from the reported N3,000 allegedly paid to some civil servants and pensioners by the PDP-led state government, the party agents were accused of going from house to house, approaching voters who possessed PVC.

INEC’s preparation, which the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof. Abdulganiy Raji, had described as foolproof, failed some of the tests on the election day. Although election materials got to many of the polling units early, there were reports of the card readers failing to function properly.

At Ward 11, Unit 009 in Ishan-Ekiti, where the APC candidate, Kayode Fayemi, voted, his wife, Erelu Bisi, could not vote immediately as the card reader failed to recognise her PVC. The husband expressed apprehension over the situation, saying her vote must count for him.

Loyalists of the PDP in Ado-Ekiti also accused INEC of deliberately allowing the APC supporters to vote while card readers rejected PDP voters in some of the polling units.

At the polling unit in front of the Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, a man, who identified himself as a youth leader of the PDP in his ward, and who also identified himself as Alawe, said the card reader failed to recognise more than half of the people who wanted to vote for the PDP candidate, Kolapo Olusola.

Elsewhere in Ayede, in the North Senatorial District of the state, some voters also accused INEC of failure to perfect the technology and innovations deployed for the election before introducing them to the Ekiti election.

The election also recorded brigandage and fighting in some parts of the state. A man was injured in a fight among party supporters at Unit 11, Ward 04, at Ijigbo junction in Ado-Ekiti around 7.45am as queues were being formed after the arrival of INEC officials. It was not clear what caused the fight but it was quickly checked by policemen at the unit.

One of our correspondents, who visited polling units in the Fajuyi area of Ado-Ekiti, observed a large turnout of voters with glaring cases of vote-buying which voters called ‘see and buy.’ It was observed that the vote buyers demanded evidence of PVC and assurance that the seller would vote for their party before offering the money.

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At Ward 10, Unit 02, security operatives accosted a female voter who had followed the due process of accreditation and voting, only to attempt photographing her ballot paper. The incident prompted uproar from other voters which led female officers to seize the voter’s mobile telephone while also compelling her to delete the photograph.

A source confirmed to SUNDAY PUNCH that a woman sitting by the new Fajuyi Bridge with three bags paid voters on behalf of one of the major political parties.

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APC lacks solutions to Nigerias problems Lamido
Sun, 15 Jul 2018

A former Governor of Jigawa State and a presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Sule Lamido, has said that the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government lacks the ideas to help Nigeria grow.

He made the declaration on Friday at the PDP state secretariat in Katsina in an interview with journalists shortly after addressing party supporters.

He said, “This country is going down; there is so much poverty and the ruling party came up with a contraction. It has no vision, no focus, no history but the desire of its leaders to come and take up power. In the last three years, the only thing they have done is to inaugurate the projects (initiated) by the PDP.”

“I believe it’s no fault of their (APC) own because they have no capacity to even think of an idea. So, I am here because Nigerians are very concerned that the nation has no record of development in the past three years and in fact the nation is being underdeveloped by the APC government.”

The former governor said Nigeria would be better off with the PDP government in power at the centre.

Lamido maintained that he had brighter chances of becoming Nigeria’s President, adding that he had both the experience and the intellectual capacity to steer the ship of the country.

“It is not about me, it is about our desire to rescue Nigeria and anybody is free to come and aspire but then the party (PDP) will give Nigerians the best candidate,” he said.

The Presidential aspirant had earlier, while addressing party supporters, gone down memory lane on Nigeria’s political history, insisting he would make Nigeria work again.

Lamido observed that Nigerians had experienced so much poverty and other challenges in the past three years because of what he described as the clueless leadership of APC.

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Ekiti TV, radio shut after Fayose announced poll results
Sun, 15 Jul 2018

The Nigeria Broadcasting Commission has shut the Ekiti State Broadcasting Corporation because Governor Ayodele Fayose went on air to declare the PDP candidate as the winner of the governorship election that was held in the state on Saturday.

The INEC was still collating results of the election, awaiting electronic computation from the 16 council areas in the state to the INEC headquarters when the NBC ordered the closure.

The INEC headquarters was condoned off as results were being awaited.

However, no winner had emerged as of the time the governor reportedly made the announcement, and the broadcasting regulatory agency gave the order.

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Ekiti election: INEC ad hoc staff protest delayed allowance
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
Tunde Ajaja There was disquiet at the Independent National Electoral Commission office in the Ikole Local Government Area on Saturday as its ad hoc staff protested the alleged delay in the payment of their allowance. Security agents, especially policemen, also protested the delay. Some of the ad hoc staff told our correspondent that they were []
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Ekiti election: PDP decries APCs alleged attacks on members
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
Olusola Fabiyi The Peoples Democratic Party has alleged that its members were harassed and brutalised before and during Saturdays governorship election in Ekiti State. A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja on Saturday, alleged that the All Progressives Congress was behind the alleged victimisation. He asked Nigerians []
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FG should spend Abacha loot on health care, roads ‘ Oyebode
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
A professor of International Law, Akin Oyebode, tells TOBI AWORINDE that President Muhammadu Buhari should use the repatriated $321m Abacha loot on social welfare projects What is your take on the Federal Government’s plan to disburse the $321m loot of the late military dictator, Gen. Sani Abacha, which was repatriated to Nigeria from Switzerland, to []
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Ekiti election: Mega Party candidate expects victory
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
Femi Makinde The governorship candidate of the Mega Party, Chief Bisi Omoyeni, has expressed confidence that he will win the election. Omoyeni said he learnt that some political parties had been buying votes by giving money to voters openly but said he was still confident of winning. He said, My expectation is that I will []
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Saraki’s dynasty became weak in 2011 ‘ Issa-Onilu
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
A strategic public communications expert, who lost his bid to become a member of the Central Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress in the party’s recent national convention, Alhaji Lanre Issa-Onilu, discusses the fallout of the exercise with SUCCESS NWOGU What is your assessment of the just concluded APC national convention’ I think it []
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Why I refused to sign free trade agreement Buhari
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba President Muhammadu Buhari, on Saturday, explained why he had yet to sign the African Continental Free Trade Agreement which is expected to increase intra-African trade by 52.3 per cent from the current 19 per cent. The Federal Executive Council had, on March 14, approved that Nigeria should sign the framework agreement for the []
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Presidency backs Osinbajo on state police, ex-IG disagrees
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
Olalekan Adetayo and Adelani Adepegba The Presidency will not oppose the National Assembly on its ongoing efforts to make provision for the creation of state police in the country as a way of tackling the nations security challenges. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, gave the indication in []
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Well soon expose cowards behind R-APC Omo-Agege
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
Theophilus Onojeghen The embattled senator representing Delta Central at the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, has described the sponsors of a new faction of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Reformed APC, as cowards, saying that those behind the group will soon be exposed. Omo-Agege claimed that the gang-up of the R-APC whom he termed Rejected APC would []
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Obasanjo pledges to lead coalition against Buhari, explains PDP exit
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
Olusola Fabiyi and Samuel Awoyinfa Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, on Saturday, vowed to lead the coalition that would unseat President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019. The former President, however, advised the 39 political parties and associations, which signed a Memorandum of Understanding in a grand alliance ahead of general elections last Wednesday, to be cautious of []
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Kano commissioner moves to unseat Kwankwaso
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
Ted Odogwu The Kano State Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Nasiru Gawuna, on Saturday, vowed to contest the Kano Central Senatorial Districts seat against Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso. Gawuna, who made the declaration at his Gawuna ward, Nasarawa Local Government, on Saturday, said he was not scared of any bigwig currently occupying the seat due to his []
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After holding Nigeria down for long, Yoruba, Igbo have realised their mistakes ‘Ezeife
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
A former Governor of the old Anambra State, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, speaks to TOBI AWORINDE on the need for the Yoruba and the Igbo to set aside their differences to achieve restructuring and political unity What is the genesis of the conflict between the Igbo and Yoruba’ The Igbo and the Yoruba are jointly responsible []
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Parties tackle Falana, SANs divided over sale of nomination forms
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
John Alechenu, Sola Fabiyi and Tobi Aworinde Major political parties in Nigeria have dared a human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Femi Falana, to go ahead with his threat to sue political parties who sell nomination forms to aspirants wishing to contest elections on their platforms. The All Progressives Congress, the Peoples []
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PDP-led coalition and its fledging template to unseat Buhari
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
In this piece, JOHN ALECHENU takes a cursory look at the prospects of the recent political alliance between the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party and over 30 others in their quest to oust the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration in 2019 After weeks of speculations, Nigerians woke up to the news of an alliance between []
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Tension heightening in states over unpaid June salaries NLC
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
The inability to pay June salaries of government workers is generating tension and agitation across the various states of the federation, the Nigeria Labour Congress has stated. This followed the deadlocked meetings of the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee over the shortfall in revenue remitted by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation to the federation account. The []
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Mistakes will make you wiser ‘ Duro-Emanuel
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
Joy Marcus 07010892422 (SMS only) marcusjoy54@gmail.com swag@punchng.com Bolaji Duro-Emanuel, 31, is the Head of Finance at Cloud Cover Distribution Limited. She speaks about her love for her job What is your educational background’ I have a Bachelor in Mass Communication from Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State. I haven’t done my master yet because I am []
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FGs disobedience to court orders persists Investigation
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
Ade Adesomoju The Federal Government continues to bear the burden of continual disobedience to court orders, investigations by the SUNDAY PUNCH has revealed. One of such orders being disobeyed by the Federal Government is the one made by the Federal High Court in Abuja directing the police to unseal the headquarters of a non-governmental organisation, []
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APC is originator of hate speech
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
Clement Nnachi The Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ebonyi State, Bethran Okulegu, has described the All Progressives Congress as the mastermind of hate speech in the country. He said the development was posing a threat to democracy in Nigeria. Okulegu spoke in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, on Friday while briefing journalists []
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Hard work will always separate you from the crowd ‘ James
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
Nseobong James, 28, is the Chief Executive Officer of Eddy James Clothing. He speaks to FAVOUR MIKE-EWEWIE on his experience as a business owner Tell us about Eddy James Clothing’ Eddy James Clothing was borne out of my passion for looking good. My reason for choosing this type of business despite having a banking and []
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Ekiti bankers widow hails Union Bank
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
Gbenga Adeniji The widow of a bank worker, Mr Adeyemi Otitoju, killed by robbers at Union Bank, Ilawe Ekiti, Mrs Adejoke Otitoju, said the banks management had offered financial support to her family. The bank, located in the Ekiti South-West Local Government Area of the state, was attacked on May 15 by robbers who shot []
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APC leaders already going round begging ‘Afegbua
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
The National Publicity Secretary of the Reformed All Progressives Congress, Kassim Afegbua, in this interview with JOHN ALECHENU, speaks on the formation of the splinter group among other national issues Is the R-APC simply a coalition of aggrieved politicians who came together for the sole purpose of stopping President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term bid’ Our []
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Managing family business
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
Tofarati Ige Even though family and business are generally believed not to mix well, it is possible to run a successful family business Have business plan Develop a solid family business plan that outlines the current standing of the business and future plans. Put all of these details in writing and discuss them with the []
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SGF disowns Presidents aide over support group
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
Olalekan Adetayo The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, on Saturday, disowned the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Political Matters, Gideon Sammani, over the composition of the Buhari 2019 Presidential Support Committee. Sammani had, in paid adverts published in some national newspapers, named a former National Chairman of the []
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SDP, best platform for PDP-led alliance ‘ Spokesperson
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the Social Democratic Party, Mr. Alfa Mohammed, tells SUNDAY ABORISADE that the consensus presidential candidate may run on the SDP platform in 2019 Considering the details of the MoU signed by the parties in the alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party and about 38 other parties, is it something []
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We’ll reduce lending rate for SME funding ‘ Okpanachi
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
In this interview with IFEANYI ONUBA, the Managing Director, Development Bank of Nigeria, Mr Tony Okpanachi, speaks on issues affecting the financing of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises sector of the economy Given that a lot of people may not be aware of your operations, why was the Development Bank set up’ The Development Bank []
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Agbekoya tackles AFAN boss on farmers/herdsmen talks
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
Tobi Aworinde The Agbekoya Farmers Association of Nigeria has warned the National President of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria, Alhaji Kabiru Ibrahim, to desist from having sectional meetings with leaders of Miyetti Allah and government officials on behalf of millions of Nigerian farmers, who are not members of his association. In a statement by []
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Refineries: NNPC’s profit drops by N5bn in one month
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim The decline in the cumulative performance of Nigeria’s refineries reduced the group profit of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation by N5bn, latest figures in the oil firm’s financial and operations report have revealed. In the just released March 2018 operations report of the NNPC, the corporation made an operating surplus of N11.7bn, incurred []
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APC using Faboyede’s trial to persecute Ondo PDP ‘ Fadaka
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
The South-West Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Ayo Fadaka, in this interview with PETER DADA, speaks on the corruption charges against the party’s chairman in Ondo State, Mr. Clement Faboyede What is your take on the detention the Ondo State chairmen of the PDP, Mr. Clement Faboyede, and another chieftain of the []
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Troops kill five Boko Haram terrorists, arrest fuel suppliers
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
Olaleye Aluko Troops of the Nigerian Army have killed five Boko Haram terrorists during a clearance operation in the Monguno Local Government Area of Borno State. Our correspondent learnt that the insurgents were killed in Kwari village by troops on Operation Lafiya Dole, following a tip-off, while several weapons were recovered from them. Also, troops []
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Cloned PVC holders’ names not on voter register ‘ Igini
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Mike Igini, speaks to MUDIAGA AFFE on the preparedness of the Independent National Electoral Commission for the 2019 general elections, among other issues How is INEC addressing allegations of underage voters in the North and elsewhere’ The integrity of our current biometric register of voters is []
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South-West Accord Party leaders tackle chairman over APC-led alliance
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
Sunday Aborisade Leaders of the Accord Party in the South-West geopolitical zone have rejected the moves by their National Chairman, Alhaji Mohammed Nalado, to include AP among the list of parties currently planning alliance with the All Progressives Congress. They have therefore perfected arrangements to convene a meeting where a decision to disown Nalado and []
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QIPPL, Akwa Ibom sign agreement on 567MW power plant
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
Femi Asu Qua Iboe Power Plant Limited, the promoter of the Qua Iboe Power Plant, has announced the signing of a community partnership agreement with impacted communities in Akwa Ibom State. The QIPP is a 567 megawatts gas-fired power plant to be constructed adjacent to the Qua Iboe Terminal. According to a statement, the execution []
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Refineries lose N33.5bn in three months ‘ NNPC
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
Femi Asu The nation’s refineries lost the sum of N33.53bn in the first three months of this year, the latest financial and operations report of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation obtained by our correspondent showed. The plants are the Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company, Port Harcourt Refining Company and Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company. The []
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CUPP strong without defectors PDP chieftain
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
Ted Odogwu The Kano Peoples Democratic Party Chairman, Alhaji Masud Doguwa, on Friday, said the three members, who pulled out of the coalition of 39 political parties were in the minority, and their motive was mainly to make money and not in the interest of democracy. Doguwa, who spoke in Kano, on Saturday while reacting []
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Building enduring institutions requires commitment
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
Ozioma Ubabukoh The President and Chairman, Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered), Prof. Olukunle Iyanda, has said that strong and enduring institutions take time, commitment, sincerity, and determination to build. Speaking at the 2018 Distinguished Management Lecture of the institute, he said that if the existence of strongmen in large numbers was crucial to development or []
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Innoson: Appeal court grants GTB leave to amend motion
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
Ihuoma Chiedozie The Court of Appeal in Enugu has dismissed preliminary objections brought by Innoson Motors to challenge an application filed by Guaranty Trust Bank to amend its motion of appeal against the judgment of an Awka Federal High Court, which ordered the bank to pay the sum of N4.7bn to the vehicle manufacturing firm. []
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Foreign airlines generate 70% of Nigeria’s aviation revenue ‘ Operators
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
A very large percentage of the total revenue from Nigeria’s aviation sector comes from the remittances of international carriers, OKECHUKWU NNODIM reports on why this is so Over 70 per cent of the total revenue generated in Nigeria’s aviation sector comes from international airlines operating in Nigeria, operators in the industry have said. Domestic airlines []
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Nigerians tired of APC Wike
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
Chukwudi Akasike The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, said that Nigerians were tired of the ruling All Progressives Congress and ready to elect the Peoples Democratic Party in 2019. This is as a PDP presidential aspirant and former special duties minister, Kabiru Turaki declared that Nigeria needed an educated, energetic, young and healthy President to []
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Telecom, media subscriptions in Nigeria reach 171 million
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
Ife Ogunfuwa The number of subscriptions from mobile, fixed broadband, fixed voice, and pay-TV had reached 171 million as of the end of 2017, a recent research by Ovum revealed. Ovum in its Nigeria Telecoms and Media Outlook report published in partnership with Nigeria.com stated that this made Nigeria the 10th largest telecoms and media []
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Ihedioha tackles Okorocha over move to impeach deputy gov
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
Gibson Achonu A former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, has described as a danger to democracy the impeachment process against the Deputy Governor of Imo State, Eze Madumere. Ihedioha on Saturday in Owerri, the state capital, alleged that the impeachment process, which started on Tuesday, was masterminded by the state Governor, []
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Doctors visit etiquette
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
Kore Ogidan When visiting the doctor, there are important rules you should pay attention to in order to get the best out of the time spent in the consulting room Be punctual You are not the only one the doctor will see on appointment and its quite selfish to keep others waiting because of your []
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Osinbajo, NCDMB lure US investors to oil industry
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
Femi Asu Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, Mr Simbi Wabote, have extended efforts to woo investors to the nation’s oil and gas industry. The NCDMB said in a statement that Osinbajo, Wabote and other top Federal Government officials were at the Silicon Valley, California, []
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Using technology to improve healthcare services
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr. (CFA) I love the fact that young people are working hard to add tremendous value in various ways. I meet them every other day. Penultimate week, I received a mail from a young medical doctor who pitched his solution called casenote.ng, a secure digital medical records solution designed to enable health []
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I like rice, yam, meat, though theyre not healthy for me Kyari Gadzama (SAN)
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
Tope Omogbolagun What is your favourite food’ I will say a combination of vegetables and fish or chicken will always be my favourite. How often do you eat your favourite food’ I take it almost every day. How many meals do you eat in a day’ I have two meals daily, except on Sundays when []
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Stakeholders decry failure of single window system
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
Anna Okon Stakeholders in the maritime sector have decried the failure of the single window system introduced by the Federal Government to ease cargo clearing process at the seaports. The single window system is a trade facilitation idea. As such its implementation enables international (cross-border) traders to submit regulatory documents at a single location and/or []
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Oba of Benin in historic visit to Olu of Warri
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
Theophilus Onojeghen The Oba of Benin, His Royal Majesty, Oba Ewuare II, on Saturday paid a historic visit to the Olu of Warri, His Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli, calling on Nigerians to promote values that unite them than factors that divide the people. The Benin monarch who spoke at the palace of the Itsekiri monarch stated []
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Delta chairmen, councillors endorse Okowa for 2019
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
Theophilus Onojeghen The Delta State chapter of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria has thrown its weight behind the state Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, for a second term in office in 2019. ALGON, which is the association of elected council chairmen and councillors, made its position known at a press conference on Friday attended []
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Buhari leaves for ICC summit Sun
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
Olalekan Adetayo President Muhammadu Buhari will, on Sunday, leave Nigeria for the Netherlands to participate in the activities to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court at The Hague. The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a []
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