NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [30 JULY, 2018].

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APC patrons launch battle to sack Sarakis supporters
Mon, 30 Jul 2018

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Senate President Bukola Saraki’s political future is causing ripples in the Kwara State All Progressives Congress (APC).

Saraki, who is the leader of the party in the state, is obviously on his way out, following the defection of 13 APC senators to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Saraki is yet to announce his political future, but stakeholders across the state’s three senatorial districts yesterday insisted on the dissolution of the Ishola Balogun-Fulani-led state executive, which is believed to be loyal to the Senate president.

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Though the stakeholders recognised the Bashir Bolarinwa faction, they also ordered for its dissolution to allow a level playing field for fresh members of the party.

Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed read the stakeholders resolution in Oro, Irepodun Local Government Area.

The resolution reads: “That Balogun Fulani-led Kwara APC executive committee be immediately dissolved and a fresh congress that will include all Kwara APC members and those who are just coming into the party be held at the various levels to constitute a new executive.

“That all those who got appointments by deceit, hiding under the facade of being party men and women, should immediately resign such appointments or be fired.

“That the recent gale of defections has now put the APC in a position of true majority in the National Assembly, as those who remain are the ones who are truly committed to the ideals of our great Party

“That all members and supporters of our great party restate their unflinching support for President Muhammadu Buhari and assure him of a harvest of votes from Kwara State in the 2019 general election.

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“That all members should remain calm because there is no cause for alarm.”

Stakeholders at the meeting include members of the House of Assembly, Prince Saheed Popoola, Bashiir Bolarinwa, APC governorship aspirant from Kwara North Yamman Abdullahi.

But Balogun-Fulani said he remained the party’s chair.

He described the planned dissolution of his exco as null and void.

His statement reads: “That I remain the authentic chairman of APC in Kwara State.

“That my executive committee members were duly elected as APC executives in Kwara State for a period of four years.

“That myself and other members of the Kwara APC executive committee remain members of the party.

“That only last Wednesday, I attended a meeting of APC states chairmen forum in Abuja.

“That we were not aware of any APC stakeholders meeting in Oro, as neither myself as the state party chairman nor our Kwara South Senatorial District chairman, Alhaji Jimoh Balogun, convened or attended the meeting.

“We therefore urge members of our great party and general public to remain calm and discountenance the statement credited to Lai Mohammed.”

Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed has told Saraki’s supporters that he is leaving the APC, but he is yet to announce his destination.

But the local PDP is insisting that Saraki should not be allowed to join the party.

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ABUAD ranked best private university
Mon, 30 Jul 2018

Stakeholders are excited over the ranking of Afe Babalola University Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD) as the best of Nigeria’s 75 private universities.

In the July ranking of world universities, the latest by leading researcher webometrics based in Spain, ABUAD is also ranked number 2 Best University among all Federal, state and private universities and polytechnics numbering about 278.

Parents and students are happy at this recognition,” an official told The Nation.

The institutions were rated based on their presence, impact, openness and excellence. ABUAD was rated next to the University of Ibadan as the overall best in the country.

Trailing ABUAD is Covenant University, Ota as the private-run varsity and the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

ABUAD was registered in November 2009 by renowned Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and educationist, who as the Pro-Chancellor of the University of Lagos from 2001 to 2007 successfully reformed the university which was ranked No. 1 University in Nigeria in. He was also awarded the Best Pro-Chancellor award by the National University Commission (NUC).

His decision to establish ABUAD was borne out of his personal experience garnered from the decay in the education system.

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The varsity was founded to be a practical example of how problems militating against the growth of varsities can be solved and lead others in quality and functional education.

In its eight years of existence, ABUA is reputed as the fastest growing university in Africa.

Its College of Law was acknowledged as the Best College of Law in West Africa by the NUC and its College of Engineering was described by the Nigeria Society of Engineering (NSE) as the Template for Engineering Education in the country.

The College has won global awards in London and United States of America (USA).

ABUA recently inaugurated an ultra-modern teaching hospital with latest teaching equipment. Health Minister Prof Isaac Adewole described the facility as the best of its kind in this part of the world which would put an end of medical tourism in the country.

In 2015, the University of London in appreciation of his contribution to Law and Education awarded Aare Afe Babalola LL.D Degree.

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EFCC detectives to quiz Ekweremadu over assets
Mon, 30 Jul 2018

Detectives are to quiz Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu tomorrow on some assets linked with him.

He is expected at 10a.m. at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abuja.

This is the second time in a week that the EFCC has invited Ekweremadu.

According to a source, who spoke in confidence, the invitation followed Ekweremadu’s request that he should be given another day.

The source said: “We have delivered a fresh letter of invitation to Ekweremadu and he has confirmed the receipt.

“Our detectives are expected to interrogate Ekweremadu on some assets linked with him. The EFCC is suspecting that the assets were acquired with suspicious funds.

“Some of these assets have been located in the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Ekweremadu is said to have omitted some of these properties in his assets declaration form. EFCC detectives are believed to have been on this case in the last nine months.

Some of the apartments, allegedly being probed in the UAE, are e proper EGG1/1/114 and EGG1/1/115 Emirates Garden, Apartment DFB/12/B 1204 Park Towers, Flat 3604, MAG214 and Villa No.148, MAEEN1 The Lakes, Emirate Hills.

The others are Boulevard 3901, two flats of Burij Side Boulevard, The Signature; and Room 1903, Hotel Downtown.

Those in the UK include Flat 4 Varsity Court, Homer Street, WIH 4NW London and 52 Ayleston Avenue, NW6, London.

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In the United States, the properties are located in 4507 Stella Street, Bellavida Estate, Kissimmee, Florida; 2747 Club Cortile Circle, Kissimmee, Florida and 2763 Club Cortile Circle, Kissimmee, Florida.

The Federal Government had in an ex parte application through Festus Keyamo (SAN) on behalf of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SPIPRPP), listed the affected assets.

In the application before a Federal High Court, the government said the Deputy Senate President failed to declare the assets.

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Gunmen kill BDC man after snatching $80,000
Mon, 30 Jul 2018

The police are investigating the killing of a Bureau De Change (BDC) operator, Victor Thorpe, in Lagos by assailants who snatched his company’s $80,000 (N28.8m).

The incident occurred at 11am on Friday when the BDC operator went to his company’s vault, said to be at LEGICO building, on Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos, to pick up the money.

It was gathered that the assailants, who were on a motorcycle, double-crossed the commercial bus he boarded, went inside, snatched the money and shot him in the chest at close range.

According to a source, Thorpe dropped his car for fear of being trailed, not knowing that his killers were already monitoring him.

A family friend said the killers went straight for him inside the bus.

She said: “They demanded the money, which he released. After that, they shot him in the chest at close range.

“No other person was attacked in the bus. There were other passengers. He was a very humble and kind man and a good Christian. It is painful that he died like that. He was in his early 50s. His children are still young. The oldest is about 15 years old.

“He was rushed to the Military Hospital on Awolowo road where he died. The incident occurred by EcoBank/LEGICO building on Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island. He was on his way to his office from the vault.”

She wondered why the assailants killed him after collecting the money.

“Why did the robbers kill him? He did not struggle with them. Why did they not take the money and leave him? I hope that the police would investigate this case and arrest all those behind it,” she said.

The matter has been transferred to the command headquarters in Ikeja according to Lagos State Police spokesman Chike Oti, who said seven suspects had been arrested.

In another case, gunmen killed a female Diamond Bank customer at Suru-Alaba shortly after making some withdrawals.

The victim, Uchechi Njoku, was said to have been shot on the head by two armed robbers who accosted her as soon as she left the bank.

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Catholic priest to colleagues: be steadfast
Mon, 30 Jul 2018
A Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Francis Kusa, has called on his colleagues to be steadfast and focus on their apostolic work in the face of challenge and persecution.He made the call yesterday in a sermon at a Mass to mark the 10th priestly anniversary of Rev. Fr. Stanley Aroh, the Parish Priest of Rita Catholic Church, Mararaba, Nasarawa State.Kusa, who has been a priest for 23 years, said the priestly vocation was a sacrificial one that faced a lot of challenges but that the priest should not be d
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Market leaders urged to sustain peace, build infrastructure
Mon, 30 Jul 2018
The President-General of Ladipo International Market, Jude Nwankwo, has urged the newly elected executives of Aguiyi Ironsi International Market (AIIM) to sustain the peace and security achieved by the past executive.They were also admonished to spearhead infrastructural development.Nwankwo made the appeal at the weekend during the election of new executives.Over 3,000 accredited traders took part in the election which produced Ngozichukwu Mbamala as President and Victor Nnaji as Secretary.Nwank
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Pension fund assets hit N8.14tr, says PenCom
Mon, 30 Jul 2018
The total pension fund assets stood at N8.14 trillion as at the end of May, the National Pension Commission (PenCom) said yesterday.PenCom spokesman Peter Aghahowa added that the assets rose from N7.52 trillion in December 2017.The commission said: The pension assets as at December 2017 stood at N7.52tr, it moved up to N7.8 trillion as at February and soared to N7.94 trillion in March, then to N8.14 trillion in May.It explained that N5.2 trillion had been invested in Federal Government Securitie
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How Buharill win in 2019, by Campaign
Mon, 30 Jul 2018
Fears that last weeks defection by some senators and House of Representatives members will affect President Muhammadu Buharis re-election were dispelled yesterday.Eleven senators defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Two joined the former President Obasanjo driven African Democratic Congress (ADC).Thirty Seven members of the House of Representatives also defected. But the ruling party keeps its majority in both lawmaking chambers.Also last week,
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Ambode, Obaseki celebrate retiring Ademowo
Mon, 30 Jul 2018
Governors of Lagos and Edo states Akinwunmi Ambode and Godwin Obaseki yesterday showered encomium on the outgoing Diocesan Bishop of Lagos, and Dean Emeritus of Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev Adebola Ademowo on his 70th birthday.They described him as a respected clergy, who contributed significantly to mankind and national development.The governors spoke to reporters at a special thanksgiving service to mark Ademowos 70th birthday and retirement held at Cathedral Church of Chri
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181,000 primary six pupils take secondary school test
Mon, 30 Jul 2018
About 181,000 primary six sat for the 2018 Placement Test into Junior Secondary School (JSS) 1 in Lagos State on Saturday.The Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) said the pupils were from public and private schools.Its Chairman, Dr Ganiyu Sopeyin, told reporters after monitoring the exercise at Mende Junior High School, Maryland, Lagos that the test took place in 361 designated centres across the state.Sopeyin described the conduct of the test as satisfactory in the centres he mo
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Task force officers set for training
Mon, 30 Jul 2018
Nigeria Police personnel attached to the Active Combating and Readiness Unit of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit (Task force) are to be trained by the Lagos State Government.The training programme, which would be in four batches, will commence today at the Police Training School, Ikeja, Lagos.Task forces Chairman Olayinka Egbeyemi, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) said as crime becomes more complex, the officers charged with enforcing the law
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Lagos to religious groups: champion peaceful 2019 poll
Mon, 30 Jul 2018
Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday appealed to religious bodies to help to ensure that the 2019 general elections were conducted peacefully through constant prayers for the country.Ambode, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule, made the call at a Muslim Leaders Interactive Forum.The forum was organised by the Muslim Community of Lagos State (MCLS) with the theme, Make Your Life Count: Unity of Muslim Ummah in Focus.He said religious organisations by their stan
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The Nation editor donates books to Unilorin
Mon, 30 Jul 2018
An Associate Editor with The Nation, Mr. Olukorede Sadiq Yishau, has donated 50 copies of a book written by him to the Department of English, Faculty of Arts, University of Ilorin, for use of students, lecturers and workers.Presenting the book to the Ag. Head of the Department, Dr. Binta Fatima Ibrahim, in her office, Yishau said the gesture was part of his effort to contribute to knowledge, hoping the department will find the book, In the Name of Our Father, useful in the impartation of knowled
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My abduction story, by Melaye
Mon, 30 Jul 2018
Senator: I was on top of tree for 11 hoursCONTROVERSIAL senator Dino Melaye (Kogi West) yesterday explained his alleged abduction last week.Senator Ben Murray Bruce alleged that Melaye was abducted on Thursday when he was expected to attend a court sitting on illegal arms possession in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.Malaye told reporters yesterday that he was not abducted by some gunmen, who he alleged tried to attack him, but he escaped into the bush to avoid the attack.Many Nigerians took his
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How we survived recession, paid salaries by Ganduje
Mon, 30 Jul 2018
Kano govt employs 50,000 youths Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has said his government survived recession and paid salaries due to its ability to manage meagre resources and block leakages and waste.Ganduje, who was represented by the Head of Civil Service, Muhammad Auwal Naiya, spoke at a two-day stakeholders conference in Kaduna State, to mark 10 years of the implementation of the Contributory Pension Scheme with a view to appraising its impact.He said: When we assumed the mantle of lea
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Gbajabiamila donates fire extinguishers to market women
Mon, 30 Jul 2018
House of Representatives Leader Femi Gbajabiamila has donated fire extinguisher balls to market women in his Surulere Federal Constituency I of Lagos State.The lawmaker described fire as a natural calamity that could happen any time.Presenting the extinguishers at a ceremony at the popular Tejuosho Market, the House Leader said nobody prays for a fire, adding that there is need to prepare for it to minimise its devastation.Gbajabiamila assured his constituents that despite the defection of some
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Ambode, Obaseki, others celebrate Ademowo at 70
Mon, 30 Jul 2018
Anglican cleric retiresLagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and his Edo State counterpart, Mr Godwin Obaseki, yesterday hailed the Dean Emeritus of Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) and outgoing Diocesan Bishop of Lagos, Most Rev Adebola Ademowo on his 70th birthday.The two governors described Ademowo as a respected cleric who contributed significantly to mankind and national development.Addressing reporters at a special thanksgiving service to mark Ademowos 70th birthday and retirement at
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Man kills father, sister in Ebonyi
Mon, 30 Jul 2018
Pandemonium broke out yesterday at Ifelemenu, Ekpaomaka in Ikwo Local Government of Ebonyi State, following the killing of Nwode Nwignoaka and his seven-year-old daughter by his 25-year-old son, Julius.An eyewitness said Juliuswent berserk, killing his father and sister. He also attacked six residents who intervened.The source said the suspect inflicted machete cut injuries onthe six residents before he was shot by a husband of one of the victims.The reason for his action could not be ascertaine
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Akinbade to become Osun ADC candidate
Mon, 30 Jul 2018
The African Democratic Congress (ADC) is set to substitute the name of its Osun State governorship candidate, Mr. Kazeem Adio, for an aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Fatai Akinbade.Akinbade contested the Osun PDP governorship primary on July 21 alongside three other aspirants and came third with 56 votes.He was dissatisfied with the outcome of the primary and resigned his membership.In a statement, ADCs National Chairman Ralphs Okey Nwosu said the name of Akinbade, who was
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Neglecting Hepatitis B leads to liver cancer
Mon, 30 Jul 2018
A Physician, Dr Ramon Moronkola, yesterday said neglecting Hepatitis B over a long period will lead to liver damage.It could also lead to cancer of the liver, he said.Moronkola, who works at a Lagos-based private hospital, Optimal Care, made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.He said: Liver cancer, most times, the survival rate, when it sets in is within six months; it is that deadly. Hepatitis B is deadlier than HIV because of its infectivity; if Hepati
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Osun APC, PDP: Coping with post-primary crises
Mon, 30 Jul 2018
The All Progressives Congress (APC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other opposition parties are warming up for the governorship election in Osun State. But, their shadow polls generated controversies. Correspondent SOJI ADENIYI examines how the parties are coping with their post-primary crisesThere is no single political party in Osun State that is insulated from post-primary crisis. Intrigues, drama, struggle and controversy dogged the process from the beginning to the end. What worsen
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Fayoses blunders and PDPs defeat in Ekiti
Mon, 30 Jul 2018
Renowned German political philosopher Friedrich Engels once stated that all a politician needs to prosecute a successful battle is good tactics, as well as strategic and dialectical thinking. But, Assistant Editor SINA FADARE reports that Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose, who had a good outing in the 2014 governorship election, got his strategy wrong during the recent election, thereby failing to produce successor in the Fountain of Knowledge.THE recent governorship election in Ekiti has come
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Oghenekaro Itene stars in Hollywood movie
Mon, 30 Jul 2018
Following her outing in Esohe, a Nollywood/Hollywood collaboration which depicts the rich tradition of Bini kingdom, Nigerian-born actress, Oghenekaro Itene, has taken to Hollywood. She stars in Chase where l she plays the role of Jayla.Written, directed and co-produced by Michael Matteo Rossi, the movie is about a hitman who must prove his loyalty to his mentor and best friend, while his girlfriend wants to leave the business. Rossi already has a feature, Sable, and several shorts to his credit
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What women need to be sexy Ronke Tiamiyu
Mon, 30 Jul 2018
Former Miss Charismatic in the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) 2013, Aderonke Tiamiyu has reacted to why women in entertainment are perceived as promiscuous, while the society has refused to see men in the same light.There are two things that come into play here, hypocrisy and sexism, she said.Most men in entertainment are thought to be promiscuous; the only difference is that its acceptable for men to be this way. Its hypocritical. Furthermore, entertainers, men and women, dont live in th
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Eko Theatre Carnival holds third edition
Mon, 30 Jul 2018
The third edition of the Eko Theatre Carnival kicked off on Sunday with a courtesy visit to Nike Art Gallery, Lekki, Lagos. The one-week fiesta which holds from Sunday, July 29, to Sunday, August 5, 2018 would incorporate several activities across different venues of Lagos.Eko Theatre Carnival was started three years ago by theatre artist Segun Adefila and this years edition is supported by the MTN Nigeria Foundation.In a welcome dance at Nike Art Gallery, Adefila, dressed as a masquerade, seren
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AFRIMA: Submission of entries to end August 1
Mon, 30 Jul 2018
Ahead of the August 1, 2018 deadline for submission of songs and videos to be nominated for the 5th annual All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA), organisers have urged artistes to send in their entries to compete in the 36 regional and continental award categories.The Award ceremony is scheduled for November with live broadcast to over 80 countries around the world.Organised by the African Union Commission in partnership with the International Committee of AFRIMA, announced its call for entries for t
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Rickety compactors frustrating Lagos waste disposal efforts
Mon, 30 Jul 2018
The Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti, said decrepit waste compactors relied upon by Private Sector Participation (PSP) operators to cart refuse have constituted a major hindrance to effective waste disposal in the state.He spoke on the sidelines of a familiarisation and fact-finding visit by the Federal Commissioner, Lagos State Office, Public Complaints Commission, Abimbola Ayo-Yusuf.The commissioner said lack of adequate roadworthy compactors contribut
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In support of Nigeria Road Safety Commission Act
Mon, 30 Jul 2018
I want to use this forum to, once again, commend the House of Representatives for their on-going deliberations on the Nigeria Road Safety Commission, which has passed through the second reading. It is long overdue, but it is better late than never.In one of my articles in this column, I had raised a very serious concern about the conflicting statutory functions of the Federal Road Safety Commission(FRSC), the state Vehicle Inspection Officers(VIOs), Nigeria Police and the state traffic managemen
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NNPC, DPR must explain zero revenue remittance, says Auditor-General
Mon, 30 Jul 2018
THE Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) have cases to answer over non-remittance of revenues to the Federation Account for several months, a new report has shown.The Auditor-General of the Federation, Mr. Anthony Ayine, in his Annual Audit Report for 2016, said it was observed from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Components Statements that no collections were reported into the Federation Revenue Account by some revenue collecting agenc
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Foreign investors lead Nigerian equities with N800b transactions
Mon, 30 Jul 2018
Foreign portfolio investors maintained lead as the dominant group in the Nigerian equities market in the past three months to emerge with the largest transactions of about N800 billion in the first half of this year.Trading data on domestic and foreign portfolio investments (FPI) at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) obtained at the weekend showed that foreign investors transactions accounted for N799.7 billion within the six-month period ended June 30, 2018, representing an increase of 85.9 per
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e-business committee promotes tech banking
Mon, 30 Jul 2018
The committee of e-Business industry heads (CeBIH) has said it will promote access to financial services for people at the bottom of the pyramid, using digital solutions. Its new Chairman, Stanley Jacob disclosed this in his acceptance speech at the election of new executives in Lagos at the Keystone Bank headquarters.Jacob, who is also the Head, Consumer Distribution at Ecobank Nigeria, said the new executive will pursue three broad agenda namely: financial inclusion, digital security and stren
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Firm opens Mercedes-Benz showroom in Lagos
Mon, 30 Jul 2018
MB Automobile Services Limited, the authorised passenger cars dealers of Westar Associates Limited, has opened a state-of-the-art showroom in Victoria Island, Lagos.The showroom boasts of convenient parking space, world-class comfort for clients and visitors and an array of latest Mercedes-Benz vehicle models are also on display.The auto firm said the facility was established as a strategic point of sale location to appeals to customers and provides easy access and better customer service for ex
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Allianz Group completes Ensures acquisition
Mon, 30 Jul 2018
Allianz Group has completed the acquisition of 99.03 per cent of the shares in Ensure Insurance Plc from its core shareholder, Greenoaks Global Holdings Ltd. (GGH), the Groups Africa Regional Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Coenraad Vrolijk has said.Speaking at a press briefing in Lagos, Vrolijk said Ensure offers life and non-life insurance services and generated 18.2 million euros in gross premiums written in 2017.He disclosed that the company will operate in Nigeria as Ensure a company of All
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Stakeholders chart ways for capital market growth
Mon, 30 Jul 2018
Stockbrokers get new headStakeholders in the Nigerian capital market have underscored the importance of integrity, innovation, investors education and professionalism in building a virile capital market that will support sustainable economic growth.At the investiture of the new president and sendoff for the immediate past president of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers in Lagos, capital market operators and regulators agreed on the need to reinvigorate investors education, enhance financial
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FCMB posts N7.1b profit in six months
Mon, 30 Jul 2018
FCMB Group Plc has recorded a profit before tax (PBT) of N7.1 billion for the half-year ended June 30, 2018. This represents an increase of 86 per cent from N3.8 billion achieved for the same period of last year. The development reflected the improving performance of the financial institution, as well as the effects of diversification through its investments in asset and wealth management.From the details of its unaudited results announced on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), the G
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GTBank, NIS partner on e-payment
Mon, 30 Jul 2018
GTBank has partnered New Works Limited and the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to deliver an end-to-end process for Nigerians to apply for their International Passports online and make payments at the official rates online.The multi-channel payment system will enable Nigerians apply for all international passport types (new and renewals) online and make payments on all GTBanks e-channels, using the reference ID generated at the application stage.To formally launch the partnership, Immigration
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