NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [20 JULY, 2018].

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Oshiomhole: only those who lack honour ll defect to PDP
Fri, 20 Jul 2018

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PARTY chiefs moved yesterday to stem the likely tide of defections from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole met in Abuja with Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom who claimed that the party had issued him a red card.

Ortom was, in fact, one of the governors believed to be set for a return to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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To Oshiomhole, those who will defect from the APC to the PDP lack honour.

On Wednesday, PDP National Chairman Uche Secondus and some of the leaders and governors of the opposition party met with Senate President Bukola Saraki and three APC governors in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, to perfect the defection plot.

The governors are: Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto) and Samuel Ortom (Benue).

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Ortom told reporters yesterday after meeting Oshiomhole that he had not defected.

The APC chairman described the governor as a man of honour who would not defect from APC to the PDP, which he left three-and-a-half years ago.

The Benue APC chapter also denied issuing the governor a red card – as he had claimed.

The House of Representatives APC Caucus also went into an emergency session on the defection plan of some of its members. House Leader Femi Gbajabiamila said there was no cause for alarm.

Ortom, speaking after meeting with Oshiomhole at the APC secretariat, said: “It was the Benue APC that gave me a red card not the National APC and I thought that it was enough to make myself available out of the pitch, but the leadership of the party told me that the decision of the party leadership at the national level is superior to that of any individual or group of people and I think that is good enough.

“They have spoken to him (Akume), they have also spoken to me and the state stakeholders are going to be spoken to and that’s where we are; we have not concluded the matter, it’s an ongoing process. I always stand for peace, and I always want peace to prevail, that’s what I stand for. I appreciate the intervention of the party’s leadership and I hope that we will be able to resolve the matter of differences.”

Ortom added: “I’m here at the APC Secretariat as a member of the party and still flying the flag of APC in the state. I only said I was given ‘red card’ but, have been corrected by the national secretariat.”

Oshiomhole said only those without honour would leave the APC for the PDP.

He noted that there could, however, be legitimate legal issues and disagreements in some state chapters of the party.

He said: “Senator Akume is a very respected leader of the party, a former governor and a current senator; he will recognise the need for peace and we have what it takes to make peace.

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Ex-IG Coomasie dies at 76
Fri, 20 Jul 2018

Inspector General of Police (IGP) 1993-199 Alhaji Ibrahim Coomassie is dead.

The Chairman of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) died at about 6pm last night in Katsina, his hometown, where he was born in March 18, 1942.

Katsina state government officials and family members confirmed his death to our reporter last night and said his remains will be interred today.

The ninth Inspector general, was educated at the Provincial Secondary School, Zaria, Barewa College, Zaria, the Detective Training College, Wakefield, UK and Washington DC in the United States.

He is survived his wife, six children and four many grand children.

Apart from being CF chair, Coomasie held the exalted chieftaincy titles of Sardauna Katsina and Garkuwan Hausa of Daura.

The Janazar prayer is expected to be performed on the late ACF Chairman after the Jumaat prayers at the Bani Commassie Mosque in GRA, Katsina to be followed by interment.

President Muhammadu Buhari last night commiserated with the family members, the government and people of Katsina state. Coomasie was his classmate.

In a statement by Senior Special Assistant on Media and publicity Garba Shehu, the president said he received the news with shock and deep sense of loss.

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“Nigeria will never forget the excellent leadership the late Coomassie gave to the Nigeria police Force for the many years he served as IG.”

“On behalf of the government and people of Nigeria, I pray to Allah to receive his soul and the family he left behind, the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”

A statement by ACF National Publicity Secretary Muhammad Ibrahim Biu, said: “Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) learnt with shock and grief the passing on of our chairman and elder statesman, former Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Ahmadu Coomassie, Sardauna Katsina, today 19 July 2018 in Katsina at the age of 76.

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Osun APC, PDP, SDP set for primaries
Fri, 20 Jul 2018

With the deadline set by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the submission of the list of candidates and their running mates, political parties in Osun State are set for their shadow contests. ADESOJI ADENIYI reports that the race is more intense within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), with 29 contenders and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which has 20 aspirants.

THE race to succeed Governor Rauf Aregbesola, who will be stepping down in November after two terms as the Osun State helmsman, has gathered momentum. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has set a July 22 deadline for conclusion of primary election for all political parties which intend to participate in the September 22 governorship election.

By next week, all political parties are expected to have elected their candidates and sorted out all complaints and petitions against successful candidates. In line with the INEC deadline, the All Progressives Congress (APC), which had shifted its primary thrice, is set for the exercise today. The leading opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and the Social Democratic Party (SDP) have both picked July 20 (Saturday) to elect their flag bearers.

In all, no fewer than 50 aspirants from about six political parties wish to contest. In the APC, 29 aspirants are vying for the exalted position. In the PDP, 20 aspirants are in the race. The SDP has four aspirants. Six are using the Accord Party (AP) platform to realise their ambition.

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Though there are 29 contenders in the race, only five of them have been campaigning to get the party’s nod for the race. They are the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola; a retired Permanent Secretary, Engr. Adelere Oriolowo; House of Assembly Speaker Hon. Najeem Salaam; the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti; and business man, Ayoade Lawal.

The contest for the APC ticket has witnessed a lot of intrigues. This makes today’s primary very highly competitive. One of the most dominant factors in the contest is zoning. Stakeholders from Osun West senatorial district are insisting that it is their turn to produce the next governor after the expiration of Governor Aregbesola’s tenure. The other dominant factor is continuity agenda.

Those insisting that it is the turn of Osun West have continued to appeal to emotions of the people, arguing that only the West is yet to occupy the seat of the governor. They say the zone has not had the opportunity to govern the state, except for a period of two years during the aborted Third Republic, when the first elected governor of the state, the late Senator Isiaka Adeleke, occupied the seat briefly. They say Osun Central has spent 11 and a half years on the seat during the tenures of Chief Bisi Akande and Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola and that contestants from the zone should not be allowed to participate in the primary.

Aregbesola, from Osun East, is on the verge of completing his two four-year terms in November. These, they added, makes Osun West the only zone that is yet to govern the state for a considerable period of time. Therefore, they believe it would amount to injustice, if the governorship is not zoned to Osun West.

However, those rooting for a continuity of “the laudable projects, policies and programmes” of the Aregbesola administration argue that in the interest of democracy the race must be open to all aspirants.

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Sultan: theres too much bloodshed
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
The Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA)Alhaji Muhammad Saad Abubakar yesterday raisedthe alarm over the blood letting in the country.He decried too much bloodshed and the rising cases of thuggery, terrorism and armed banditry.The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, also criticised the monetisation of politics, which he said is adversely affecting the nation.They spoke at a National Stakeholders Summit on the 2019 elections Integ
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NHIS cash: Council seeks CBNs intervention
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Worried by conflicting figures on the diverted and invested funds of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), the Governing Council of the agency has asked the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to intervene on the involvement of 17 banks.Executive Secretary/ Chief Executive Officer Prof. Usman Yusuf claimed that N720billion could not be accounted for. Auditors said N138billion was trapped in 17 banks.Some NHIS workers yesterday faulted the Executive Secretary, saying only N405billion was release
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Oyetola: Why I should succeed Aregbesola
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Gboyega Oyetola, Chief of Staff to Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola, is among the 17 governorship aspirants in the All Progressives Congress (APC). Group Political Editor EMMANUEL OLADESU examines his chances at the primary. He is not controversial. He prefers to work behind the scene. He loathes public glitz. Despite the enormous influence he wields, he is reticent, humble and unassuming. Although he is perceived as the major pillar behind the Rauf Aregbesola administration, he has never dis
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PDP considering 2019 polls boycott
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday in Abuja said it was consultingon whether to boycott the 2019 general election.PDP National Chairman Uche Secondus, stated thiswhen he received a delegation of a Joint International Election Observation Mission fielded by two main American international civil agencies, the National Democratic Institute, (NDI) and the International Republican Institute (IRI).Secondus said the party had been calling on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INE
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Senators differ on ethnic lines over Buharis appointments
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
THE Senate was yesterday divided on ethnic lines over alleged lopsided appointments by President Muhammadu Buhari.Proceedings were held up for over 30 minutes as senators mostly of the Southeast extraction took the floor to convince their colleagues that a grave injustice had been done to the zone in the spread and headship of Federal agencies and parastatals.Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu spearheaded the protest when he drew attention to what he called unacceptable nominations for the l
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Ending menace of tankers, trucks on Lagos roads
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Despite all efforts to stop them, tankers and containerised trucks have for years converted Lagos roads and bridges to illegal parks, causing intractable traffic gridlock and throwing commuters and residents into untold hardship. But, the Lagos State Government and stakeholders are determined to dislodge them through Operation Restore Sanity on Lagos Roads which begins in the early hours of today. ADEYINKA ADERIBIGBE, PRECIOUS IGBONWELUNDU and ROBERT EGBE report.For many years, commuters and res
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We are ready for any challenge by APC Atiku
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Responding to allegations that a grand plan was afoot by the government in power to rig the general election in 2019, including the presidential poll, former Vice President, Abubakar Atiku on Thursday said the opposition PDP was prepared and ready for any challenge that may come against it as the forthcoming general election is concernedAtiku, accompanied by his campaign director general, Gbenga Daniel, a former governor of Ogun State, and other supporters from across the country, was in Taraba
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Ending menace of tankers, trucks on Lagos roads
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Despite all efforts to stop them, tankers and containerised trucks have for years converted Lagos roads and bridges to illegal parks, causing intractable traffic gridlock and throwing commuters and residents into untold hardship. But, the Lagos State Government and stakeholders are determined to dislodge them through Operation Restore Sanity on Lagos Roads which begins in the early hours of today. ADEYINKA ADERIBIGBE, PRECIOUS IGBONWELUNDU and ROBERT EGBE report.For many years, commuters and res
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A culture warrior at 85
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
He comes from a family of warriors and culture champions. His grandfather fought in the Oyo-Ijaye War as Alafins war general. His father was the Asipade of Oyo and a veteran of the First World War. Wande Abimbola, Emeritus Professor of African Languages, former Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, former Senate Leader (1992-93), and Awise Awo Agbaiye (spokesman for Ifa worldwide) chose a different war to lead. He a culture warrior.In the circle of enlightened culture enthusias
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Ill probe Fayoses administration, says Fayemi
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
ekiti State governor-elect, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has said it will be irresponsible on his part not to probe the administration of the out-going Governor Ayo Fayose.Fayemi addressed State House correspondents yesterday in Abuja, the nations capital, after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.According to him, his administration will examine what transpired in the last four years in Ekiti State, including the failure of the Fayose-led administration to pay w
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Portrait of Nigerias youth as caged animals (2)
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Millennials have a delusive edge to them; a supposed sense of worth and ardour for growth that defies convention. Digital broadcaster, DSTV/Multichoice, understands this truth hence it sinks its fangs into their minds, as the falcon does to stray rat.There is no one to protect this significant youth divide from the aggressive cues and wild decadence the broadcaster insinuates into their psyches. The fault is hardly with DSTV/Multichoice, however, but with Nigerian parents who leave the purveyor
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23 caucus members back right to water campaign
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
The Our Water, Our Right Coalitionhas commended the 23members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) in the United States for supporting Lagos residents in their struggle against water privatisation.Reacting to a letter from the CBC and CPC, which linked the Lagos struggle to those of U.S cities, such as Flint, Detroit, Michigan, Pittsburg and Pennsylvania, theOur Water, Our Right Coalitionsaid the caucuses have again shown their commitment to people t
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Lessons from Ekiti election
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
It is time for all hands to be deployed to check pollution of the electoral processThe build-up to the July 14 Ekiti State governorship election had given enough warming that much was at stake. The two major political parties fielding candidates the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) whose candidate is the incumbent deputy governor, Professor Kolapo Olusola-Eleka, and the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate who is a former governor of the state, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, left no one in doubt that th
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Robber steals 32 cars in two years
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Ondo State Police Command has arrested a serial robber, who allegedly specialises in stealing cars.Parading the suspect, Olayemi Adeoye, at the police headquarters in Akure yesterday, spokesman Femi Joseph said nemesis caught up with him when he attempted to steal a Toyota Corolla car registered as SS719 AAA, belonging to Mr. Olanipekun of Oba Estate, Akure.Paraded with him is his accomplice, Waheed Anifowose, a vulcaniser, who brings people to buy the stolen cars.The suspect said he was a welde
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Reps investigate military, police, security agencies budget utilization
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
The House of Representatives is to launch an investigation into allegations of non-payment of allowances to personnel in the military, police and other security agencies.In addition, a House Committee would investigate the use of the contributions of State Governments and other forms of donations by the military and other security agenciesThe panel would also investigate and determine the status of releases from the military, police and other security agencies on the utilization of such releases
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600,000 jobs lost in fishing sector
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
No fewer than 600,000 indirect jobs have been lost in the fishing sector due to lack of regulation and sea robbers in the last two decades.Also, some facilities, equipment and infrastructure worth billions of dollars are rusting away at various fishing jetties due to the harsh operating environment and pirates on the waters.According to the Nigerian Trawler Owners Association (NITOA), the sub-sector, which had helped to create 6,000 direct and 600,000 indirect jobs in the past, has lost some of
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Mr Patrick lands international endorsement
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
A leading American based Information Technology Company; Finger Print Data Solutions, with track records of great impact in the technology space in the States, has signed popular Comedian, Patrick Onyeke, and better known as Mr. Patrick, as its brand AmbassadorWith the new deal, the comedian, who is popular for his comic skits which air of TV, will now be the face of the companys App, My Neighbours Kitchen.According to the management of Finger Print Data Solutions, the new App is loaded with fea
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Apapa gridlock worsens with alleged extortion by security officials
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
In addition to the poor road conditions and lack of truck holding bays, the nefarious activities of some security officials, especially those of the Nigerian Navy, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the Police drafted to control traffic on major roads in Apapa, are responsible for the resurgence of gridlock in the area, findings carried out yesterday has shown.It was gathered that only truck drivers that part with a minimum of N10,000 per truck are allowed access into the port by the securit
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Georgina Onuoha gets Masters degree
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Nollywood actress, Georgina Onuoha, celebrated another academic achievement as she bagged a Masters degree in Health care sciences.The mother of twins, who is based abroad, shared pictures from the Segerstrom center of Arts where she got a Masters of Science in Health care sciences, rejoicing with her daughters after the graduation ceremony.When you hear that lonely voice telling you; you cant play a drum, dig in and play that drum as if your life depended on it, the 37 year old wrote about her
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Govt threatens to sanction recruiters in oil sector
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
The Federal Government has threatened to withdraw the licence of labour contractors that engage in anti-labour practices.The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, gave the warning while hosting the newly- elected members of the National Administrative Council (NAC) of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) in Abuja.He said the ministry was working on reforming the grant and renewal of licence to labour contractors to ensure adherence to expatriate quotas, an
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EmPrince out with Scream my name
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
K-based Afrobeats artiste, Oluwaseun Emitomo aka Emprince has released a new single titled, Scream My Name in which he featured the duo of OritseFemi and Skales. The song was produced by Jay Pizzle Production and mixed/mastered by Indomix.The visual to the song also featured comedian actress, Oyinbo Princess and London based Afro Gram Dancers.Giving hints on his single, EmPrince said: Its a story of a lady who fell in love with three different young men. What happens next’ Find out in the s
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RMRDC: no going back on kenaf value chain devt
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
The Federal Government will continue to encourage kenaf production in view of its importance in the production of jute bags for the commodity export business, the Director-General, Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC), Dr. Hussain Dikko Ibrahim, has said.Dikko gave the commitment in Abuja while distributing improved kenaf seeds for this years farming season to farmers across the country, under the auspices of Kenaf Producers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria (KEP
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Miss Niger Delta Peace pageant to hold Sunday
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
All is set to hold the 17th edition of the Miss Niger Peace Cultural pageant at the Trade and Investment Centre, Port Harcourt Road, Owerri, Imo State on Saturday, July 21.Twenty contestants would be contesting for the crown which was won last year by Miss Iniobong IkonPresident of Miss Niger Delta Organisation, Prince Sodin Akiagba, said, events lined up during the competition include performances from Timaya, Mercy Chinwo, Arinze baba, K Mouth and other artistes from within and outside the reg
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Kwes TV, 9mobile sign distribution agreement
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Kwes TV, Nigerias newest satellite pay-TV network, and telecommunication company, 9mobile, have signed a distribution agreement for the sale of Kwes TV decoders through 9mobile Experience Centres across Nigeria.With this partnership, prospective Kwes TV customers can walk into any participating 9mobile stores and purchase a Kwes kit comprising a dish, decoder, including one-month free subscription, and installation for N10,960. The participating centres are 9mobile Experience Centres situated at
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NEPC, Malaysian group partner
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
The Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC) and the Nigeria, Malaysia Business Council (NMBC) is partnering with the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) to boost trade and investment for the benefits of the two countries.NMBC President, Michael Aderohunmu, said the mutual co-operation will boost trade and investment on both sides of the divide.Speaking during the establishment of the Nigeria-Malaysia Trade Corridor in Abuja, Aderohunmu said trade and investment are essentia
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ServiceDesk Plus boosts banking security
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
ServiceDesk Plus, software developed by ManageEngine is helping banks, telecom firms among others to manage their IT assets, improve banking security and output.Lead Product Support, ManageEngine, Charles Arokiaraj, said the software, available in Nigeria under the partnership of Tranter IT Infrastructure Services Limited, provides new opportunities for banks and other leading companies to protect their internal and external customers and provide excellent services.Speaking during a workshop org
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Yusuph returns with Party Freak
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Former Project Fame housemate, Yusuph, is back with a new single titled Party Freak, a fusion of Fuji and Afrobeats produced by GCNAccording to Yusuph, a Lagos State Polytechnic graduate, as the name entails, it revolves around having fun and partying with no regrets.On what inspired the song, he said, the song was inspired by my love for happiness, partying and generally catching the positive vibes always. We all just wanna be happy right.He further revealed that plans are ongoing for the visua
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NACC seeks better tariffs
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
The Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce (NACC) is pushing for favourable tariffs.Its President, Toyin Akomolafe, said there was the need to create better trade deals for the country to reduce dependency on oil as well as increasing engagement with China.He noted that in Nigeria, there is an increase in Chinese investments in infrastructure, and the recent currency swap.Akomolafe, who spoke during the chmbers Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Lagos, observed that the tariffs instituted by the Uni
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Ecobank appoints new Managing Director
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
The Board of Directors of Ecobank Nigeria Limited yesterday announced the appointment of Patrick Akinwuntan as the Managing Director designate. The appointment is subject to the approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).Prior to this appointment, Akinwuntan was the Group Executive, Consumer Banking responsible for leading the Consumer Banking business across Ecobanks global network of 40 countries, 36 of which are in Africa.As a seasoned banker with over 20 years of senior and executive mana
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Exploring business opportunities in the organic sector
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
The popularity of organic foods and products hasgrown in recent years. The booming attraction to all things organic is opening pathways of business opportunities in many areas that deal with the supply chain process of these products. This has drawn the interest of entrepreneurs in Nigeria and the rest of Africa, DANIEL ESSIET reports.The Executive Secretary, BioGhanaNetwork, Mr David Gyasis passion for healthy livingled to the creation ofan organicrestaurant in Accra, Ghana. He is Chief Executi
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Unemployment: Push to reverse jobless growth
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Nigerias population is projected to hit 410 million by 2050. This will rank her as the worlds third largest populated country. Experts say there is no better time than now for federal and state governments, in collaboration with the private sector, to prioritise implementation of policies that will drive productivity growth in agriculture, manufacturing and services sectors. According to them, doing so while also investing in human capital development and infrastructure can reverse Nigerias para
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