NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [31 JULY, 2018].

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OUR STAND: Declare State Of Emergency In Zamfara Now!
Tue, 31 Jul 2018

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President Muhammadu Buhari has made considerable gains in the fight against Boko Haram, but that menace is being replaced in one of its grotesque mutations by a wave of deadly banditry playing out in Zamfara State in an intensity not seen in the country before. In Zamfara, life has become so cheap that the mass media no longer report on the killings that now take place there every day.

It happened yesterday, it happened the day before, and it happened even the day before the day before. And most probably it will happen tomorrow if nothing is done today. During the waves of attacks, pregnant women have been pressed into forced labour while fleeing; children, the aged and other vulnerable people have been left at the mercy of the bandits; and people’s wives and daughters have been kidnapped and used as sex slaves.

On Friday, 15 communities in Zurmi LGA were left with no fewer than 37 people dead. In a pathetic cry for help, the speaker of the state House of Assembly, Sanusi Garba Rikiji, said, “We are calling on security agencies to wake up and do what is right to protect our people.” The principal officer of the state, precisely the No. 3 man, continued: “As I’m speaking right now, three districts under Zurmi emirate are under the control of these bandits and not under the control of the Nigerian government, which means they have taken control over all the land.”

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Two weeks ago, 10 communities in Gusau LGA came under attack from no fewer than 200 bandits; they killed people, kidnapped young girls, rustled cows and forced villagers to flee. The federal government should quickly intervene and stop these bandits that kill for sport, apparently because they hardly encounter any resistance or face any consequence. Governor Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar has openly declared that the job is beyond him. He has since stopped pretending to be the chief security officer of the state, as according to him, he has no control over the security machinery. Traditional rulers in some of local government areas have been suborned to collect levies for the terrorists.

What could be more frightening? One of the main reasons former President Goodluck Jonathan was voted out of office was the catastrophic security situation in the country. Though Boko Haram predated Jonathan, the murderous group came of age on his watch, killing hundreds of innocent people and seizing parts of the country nearly the size of Northern Ireland in Europe, where the group planted its flag and collected taxes. Yet, the wildfire started like a spark in one or two enclaves before it began to spread to other states, mutating as it did so. In time, the evil group started targeting places of worship and vital institutions and assets, literally bringing the war to the nation’s capital where the Nigeria office of the United Nations was bombed and scores of workers killed.

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We are particularly worried about Zamfara, not because any Nigerian life lost to violence anywhere else in the country is less important, but because the multiple security challenges we are faced with today got out of hand as a result of excuses, delays or negligence at the early stages. Killings in a few other states can be ascribed to either Boko Haram, farmer-herder clashes, ethnic clashes or religious clashes (none of these should be condoned anyway), but it is only in Zamfara State that people kill without a reason, even if warped – they kill just for the fun of it and because they know nothing will happen. The bandits no longer flee the scene of the crime. They just stay and occupy the land.

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Outrage, Condemnation Trail 8 Lawmakers’ Bid To Impeach Ortom
Tue, 31 Jul 2018

There was public outcry and condemnation yesterday over the attempt by eight members of the 30-member Benue State House of Assembly to impeach the state governor, Samuel Ortom.

The lawmakers elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who were led by impeached Speaker of the state Assembly, Terkimbi Ikyange, said they will serve the governor with the impeachment notice within seven days.

Ikyange who was impeached on July 24 by 19 members of the state legislature over alleged highhandedness and abuse of office rejected the impeachment, saying it was an act of illegality and did not follow due process because the lawmakers met at a time the House was on recess.

To prove that he was still in charge, the impeached Speaker yesterday convened a plenary comprising about eight APC legislators to review developments and impeach the governor.

Claiming that they were 12 in number, Ikyange told journalists that the APC lawmakers at the plenary resolved to commence impeachment process against the governor for gross financial misconduct.

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Noting that the lawmakers are not happy with the governor over alleged misappropriation of N54 billion from the state’s coffers, he gave a breakdown of the funds allegedly misappropriated to include N22 billion embezzled from the security vote and N32 billion from local government funds, even as he said the lawmakers are not happy over the non-payment of salaries in the state.

But the other 22 lawmakers on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who impeached Ikyange last week condemned the impeachment move, describing the notice served the governor as illegal.

According to them, the members did not form the required quorum to sit and deliberate on the said impeachment.

The PDP lawmakers addressed the press at the Old Banquet Hall, Makurdi, after being denied access to the state assembly complex.

Majority Leader of the House, Mr Avine Agbum, who raised a motion dismissing the impeachment motion, noted that the presiding officer of the session, Ikyange, was the same Speaker who was impeached and suspended for six months.

He also moved for the suspension of all members who attended the session where the said impeachment notice was initiated.

In his reaction, Governor Ortom described the impeachment notice issued him by the eight APC members of the Benue Assembly as laughable.

The governor wondered how possible it could be that eight members out of 30 would sit and take decisions on state matters when in the first instance they do not even form a quorum.

‘’The quorum of the house is 10 and I wonder if they have knowledge of this fact,’’ he said, adding that he is anxiously waiting for the purported impeachment notice.

He lamented that the Police and the DSS gave maximum support to the eight members to commit illegality and impunity through the instrumentality of Senator George Akume.

He alleged that with the active support of security operatives, the other 22 members were barred from having access to the assembly complex, including the staff of the assembly.

‘’They even manhandled innocent citizens who were going to the assembly to watch the proceedings of the assembly and some of them were whisked away by the security men,’’ he said.

He however said as a law-abiding citizen, he was going to follow the rule of law with a view to tackling the ugly menace because he would not want to do anything that will endanger democracy.

He alleged that Akume is trying to demonise him because he had defected from APC to PDP and nothing more.

‘’Defection is a normal thing in politics. Even in USA, politicians defect and even in the state here, politicians have been defecting. Don’t I have the right of association as enshrined in the 1999 constitution as amended?” He queried.

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He expressed believe that President Muhammadu Buhari might not be aware that Akume was using the Police and DSS because the president is a respecter of the law.

He appealed to the president to wade into the matter in order to restore sanity to the state, particularly the House of Assembly.

‘’If impunity continues it will lead the state to anarchy, which will do it no good but a lot of harm,’’ he stated.

The governor further said he never believed the president of the United States of America (USA), Donald Trump, when he called Nigeria a shithole until the recent happenings in the state and the country.

He admonished the national chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, to settle down and do the job of the chairman of a political party and stop acting as if he is the one in charge of the EFCC and the Police.

He lamented that a lot of members of the party had defected massively during the few weeks Oshiomhole has served as chairman of the party.

Also speaking, the Senator representing Benue Northeast, Senator Barnabas Gemade, who led other members of the National Assembly to pay the governor a solidarity visit, condemned the impeachment move against the governor, describing it as illegality.

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FCTA Warns Board Members On Implementation Of Master Plan
Tue, 31 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPThe Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has warned the 7th board members of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) against deviating from the original Abuja master plan. Speaking when he declared open, a retreat for members of the board in Abuja yesterday, minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, charged them []The post FCTA Warns Board Members On Implementation Of Master Plan appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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NGO Describes Defections In NASS As Embarrassment
Tue, 31 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPAn Abuja based non- governmental organisation( NGO),Al-mushahid Initiative For Transparency and Accountability (AITA) has described as national embarrassment the recent defections of some senators from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the opposition parties. Reacting to the defections by some senators and their political allies, the group noted that the actions of the law []The post NGO Describes Defections In NASS As Embarrassment appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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FERMA Begins Rehabilitation Of Gwagwalada Township Road
Tue, 31 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPThe Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) has begun the rehabilitation of dilapidated Gwagwalada township road, leading to the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH), in the area. Speaking when he supervised the level of work on the road, FERMA engineer, in-charge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr. Omameh Ambrose, disclosed that the project, which []The post FERMA Begins Rehabilitation Of Gwagwalada Township Road appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Bmuko: FCT Community Where Residents Battle Poor Infrastructure
Tue, 31 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPBmuko community is one of the communities in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), where basic social amenities are luxury. TARKAA DAVID and TAYO TAIWO write on how residents of this community cope with this situation. Bmuko, a community under Bwari area council has been in existence for over 200 years, with little or no government []The post Bmuko: FCT Community Where Residents Battle Poor Infrastructure appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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I Escaped Assassination Attempt By Miracle ‘ Sen Dino Melaye
Tue, 31 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPSenator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, has disclosed that he escaped the recent assassination attempt by suspected gunmen around Gwagwalada in Abuja, miraculously. Melaye who said he was on his way to attend a court case in Lokoja last Thursday, said he had to run into the bush for his dear life and climbed a []The post I Escaped Assassination Attempt By Miracle ‘ Sen Dino Melaye appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Ortom’s Purported Impeachment, A Nullity ‘ Mark
Tue, 31 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPImmediate past President of the Senate, David Mark, has described the purported impeachment of the governor of Benue State Dr. Samuel Ortom as null and void. Reacting to the development in Benue State yesterday Mark in a press release signed by his media aide, Mr Paul Mumeh, said the alleged impeachment of governor Ortom by []The post Ortom’s Purported Impeachment, A Nullity ‘ Mark appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Impeachment Plot Against Ortom, Embarrassing ‘ Atiku
Tue, 31 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPFormer Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, yesterday condemned the plot to impeach Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, saying the incident is embarrassing. The former vice president, decried what he called the awkward political development in state where some lawmakers, aided and abetted by the Nigeria Police Force came together to occupy the Benue State House of []The post Impeachment Plot Against Ortom, Embarrassing ‘ Atiku appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Fresh Vista For Textile Industry
Tue, 31 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPWith the Federal Government’s recent approval of the commercialization of Bacillus Thuringiensis (Bt) Cotton, Nigeria has officially joined the league of countries utilizing advanced cutting-edge technology, biotechnology, as another window to boost its economic development. The government through the national committee on naming, registration and release of crop materials at its 26th meeting in Ibadan []The post Fresh Vista For Textile Industry appeared first on Leadership Newspa
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Many Cabinet Members In Kano Not Loyal To Ganduje ‘ Fagge
Tue, 31 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPAminu Mai Dawah Fagge is a critical voice in Kano politics. Even within his own ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), he is described as a fiery and firebrand politician. In this interview with Abdulgafar Oladimeji, he speaks on the rAPC, and the political situation in Kano In Kano politics why you are considered to be []The post Many Cabinet Members In Kano Not Loyal To Ganduje ‘ Fagge appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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FG Tasks NIGCOMSAT On Proficiency, Service Delivery
Tue, 31 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPThe Federal Government has told Nigeria Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) Ltd to restructure and reposition to become self-proficient for enhanced service delivery. The board chairman of NIGCOMSAT, Dr. George Moghalu delivered the charge at a three-day board and management retreat with the theme ‘Resetting NIGCOMSAT for excellent performance’ in Abuja. He challenged the management and staff []The post FG Tasks NIGCOMSAT On Proficiency, Service Delivery appeared first on Le
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Focusing On Achieving Effective Power Through Alternative Energy Sources
Tue, 31 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPStakeholders in the power sector have met to deliberate on issues hindering the nation’s renewable energy (RE) sector and draw up standard internally accepted guidelines, benchmark as well as recommend ways the de-risking project can be structured to minimize barriers in the sector. This was the crux of discussions at a 2-day grid-connected RE investors’ []The post Focusing On Achieving Effective Power Through Alternative Energy Sources appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Group Tasks APC Members On Collection Of PVCs, Membership Card
Tue, 31 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPItesiwaju Ipinle Eko Vanguard an Independent Campaign Group has stressed the need for members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to obtain their membership cards in case the party decides to adopt direct Primary Election in the state. The state Coordinator, of the group Seyi Bamigbade who said this while on sensitization campaign at Itire []The post Group Tasks APC Members On Collection Of PVCs, Membership Card appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Ekiti N-Power Beneficiaries Back PMB’s Re-election Bid
Tue, 31 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPBeneficiaries of the N-Power scheme in Ekiti State have pledged have thrown their weights behind the re-election bid of President Muhammad Buhari in the forthcoming 2019 general election. The beneficiaries spoke in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital on Monday during the accreditation and issuance of letter of engagement to over 8000 beneficiaries for the []The post Ekiti N-Power Beneficiaries Back PMB’s Re-election Bid appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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NRC To Demolish 13 Train Stations In Lagos, Ogun
Tue, 31 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPThere are indications that 13 existing railway stations built between Iddo and Ijoko in Lagos and Ogun state to pave way for the ongoing construction of Lagos to Ibadan Standard gauge railway line will soon be demolished. LEADERSHIP authoritatively learnt that the Railway Stations that will be affected are located at Iddo, Ebute-Metta, Ebute-Metta Junction, []The post NRC To Demolish 13 Train Stations In Lagos, Ogun appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Federal Roads: FG Okays Payment Of N37bn To Anambra
Tue, 31 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPThe federal government has approved the payment of N37.9billion as refund to Anambra state government out of the N43.5billion the government spent on rehabilitation of some federal roads in the state. The Senator representing the Anambra Central senatorial district of the state, Senator Victor Umeh disclosed this yesterday while inaugurating the Awka North local government []The post Federal Roads: FG Okays Payment Of N37bn To Anambra appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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S/East APC Leaders Pass Vote Of Confidence On Oshiomhole
Tue, 31 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPThe All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South East, yesterday passed a vote of confidence on the national chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, saying that those criticising his style of leadership are being sponsored by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The South East APC leaders were reacting to comments by some persons they []The post S/East APC Leaders Pass Vote Of Confidence On Oshiomhole appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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No Hiding Place For Human Traffickers In Edo ‘ Obaseki
Tue, 31 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPEdo State governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has vowed that his administration, in collaboration with stakeholders in the fight against human trafficking and illegal migration, will ensure the ugly trend is reduced to the barest minimum, declaring that there is no hiding place for traffickers in the state. Obaseki made the vow at a conference organised []The post No Hiding Place For Human Traffickers In Edo ‘ Obaseki appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Rivers: Police Launch Investigation Into Death Of 16 In Boat Mishap
Tue, 31 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPThe Rivers State Police command has launched investigation into a boat mishap that claimed no fewer than 16 people along the Port Harcourt-Bakana waterways last Saturday. LEADERSHIP gathered that the passenger boat was travelling from the Abonnema Wharf in Port Harcourt to Banana community in Degema local government area of the state when the accident []The post Rivers: Police Launch Investigation Into Death Of 16 In Boat Mishap appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Reps Demand Review Of Electricity Tariff
Tue, 31 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPAn ad-hoc committee of the House of Representatives on the Need to Evaluate the Multi Year Tariff Order (MYTO) has asked the Ministry of Power and the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to review the high cost of electricity in Nigeria. The committee made the appeal during an interface with key stakeholders in the power []The post Reps Demand Review Of Electricity Tariff appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Union Tasks FG On Nigeria Airways’ Severance Packages, Others
Tue, 31 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPThe central working committee (CWC) of the United Labour Congress (ULC) has called for the immediate payment of all arrears of severance packages owed defunct Nigeria Airways workers and staff of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN). Arising from a meeting in Lagos over the weekend, the CWC of ULC also called for the []The post Union Tasks FG On Nigeria Airways’ Severance Packages, Others appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Overland Airways Increases Abuja-Jalingo Flights
Tue, 31 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPOverland Airways has started flying its Abuja-Jalingo route daily, except on Saturdays. This is up from its initial three times weekly flights on the route. Overland Airways’ flights which started July 29 this year would depart Abuja to Jalingo at 11 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. Also, flights would depart Jalingo []The post Overland Airways Increases Abuja-Jalingo Flights appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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N840bn Inflow To Drive Liquidity At Money Market
Tue, 31 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPWith over N840 billion expected to hit the financial system this week through inflows from matured bills and Federal Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC), liquidity in the system would drive down rates in the money market, analysts have said. This week, an inflow worth about N300 billion from FAAC and N540 worth of matured bills are []The post N840bn Inflow To Drive Liquidity At Money Market appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Customs Generates N163bn At Tin-Can Ports
Tue, 31 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPThe Tin Can Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has generated a total of N163billion between January and June 2018 according to a statement made available to LEADERSHIP yesterday. The command’s public relations officer, Uche Ejesieme, said the figure generated was N33 billion higher than what was generated in 2017. The statement reads, []The post Customs Generates N163bn At Tin-Can Ports appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Diamond Bank Records 3m Digital Customer In Q2
Tue, 31 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPDiamond Bank Plc has said the institution recorded three million digital customers as well as a significant increase in its mobile platform transaction fees in its first half of the year. The bank made this known in its second quarter unaudited financial report for the period ended June 30, 2018 to the Nigerian Stock Exchange []The post Diamond Bank Records 3m Digital Customer In Q2 appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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FBN Holdings Post 13% Profit Growth In H1
Tue, 31 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPFBN Holdings Plc has released its half year unaudited result for the period ended June 30, 2018 growing its gross earnings and profit after tax to N293.3 billion and N33.5 billion respectively. Profit after tax of the financial conglomerate was up in the first half of the year by 13.7 per cent compared to N29.5 []The post FBN Holdings Post 13% Profit Growth In H1 appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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NSE Lifts Suspension On Universal Insurance Shares
Tue, 31 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPThe Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has lifted suspension on trading in the shares of Universal Insurance Plc, after the company submitted its full-year audited report for the 2017 business year. Full suspension means a company’s shares do not trade nor change in price. With this, investors and shareholders having equities of the insurer in their []The post NSE Lifts Suspension On Universal Insurance Shares appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Sterling Bank PBT Rises By 47% To N6.3bn In Q2
Tue, 31 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPSterling Bank Plc has recorded a growth of 46.8 per cent in its profit before tax for its unaudited results for the half year ended June 30, 2018. The bank’s results on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), yesterday showed that profit before tax grew from N4.3 billion in half year 2017 to N6.3 billion in []The post Sterling Bank PBT Rises By 47% To N6.3bn In Q2 appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Stock Market Gains 0.84% On UBA, Seplat, 29 Others
Tue, 31 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPAmid sustained bargain hunting activity, the Nigerian stocks market commenced the trading week yesterday on a positive note as investors responded favourably to companies’ positive half year results which continued to trickle in. In summary, the All Share Index (ASI) gained 309.08 absolute points, representing a growth of 0.84 per cent to close at 36,946.05 []The post Stock Market Gains 0.84% On UBA, Seplat, 29 Others appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Nigeria Records 15% Drop In Construction Artisanal Skills
Tue, 31 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPThe managing director, Bank of Industry (BoI), Mr. Olukayode Pitan, has said the stock of competent skilled construction workers was rapidly dwindling, with a 15 per cent annual decline of artisans in the construction sector. The BoI boss disclosed this at the 10th Distinguished Lecture Series of the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Lagos Chapter. []The post Nigeria Records 15% Drop In Construction Artisanal Skills appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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