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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [11 JULY, 2018].

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Plateau massacre suspects must be tried in Jos Gowon
Wed, 11 Jul 2018

About three weeks after the killing of over 200 persons in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State by suspected Fulani herdsmen, Governor Simon Lalong on Tuesday said “the relevant bills to try the perpetrators will soon be signed into law.”

But a former Head of State and National Chairman of Nigeria Prays, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd.), said that “the people arrested should be investigated and prosecuted in Jos where the crime was committed” and not in Abuja the military suggested.

While promising to ensure the enthronement of sustainable peace on the Plateau, Lalong said that government had reviewed adequate laws to prosecute the offenders in Jos.

The Plateau State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Yakubu Dati, according to a WhatsApp message sent to journalists, quoted Lalong as saying this while receiving Gowon at the Government House, Jos.

Gowon was also received by the Deputy Governor of Plateau State, Prof Sonni Tyodden, members of the State Executive Council, including the Secretary to the State Government, Chief Rufus Bature and Lalong’s Chief of Staff, Chief John Dafaan.

Just last week, the Commander of the Special Military Task force code named Operation Safe Haven, Maj. Gen. Anthony Atolagbe, had told The PUNCH that the persons arrested in connection with the killings would be prosecuted in Abuja because the administration of justice in Plateau State was very weak.

The OPSH Chief had said, “We are moving them straight to Abuja because we don’t even have the capacity to keep them. If we keep them here in Jos, we usually encounter the problem of people saying they want to see their relatives and take their bail.

“…The prosecution in Plateau State is too weak; the prosecution by the Federal Government is stronger and has a higher standard. You can’t just bail somebody who committed all these crimes. But here in Plateau State, the people will start asking for bail.”

But Gowon, who was in Jos to condole with the people over the recent killings, “decried the past practice where suspects arrested were taken to Abuja and eventually released.”

“People arrested should be investigated and prosecuted in Jos where the crime was committed,” the elder statesman emphasised.

He condemned social media reports blaming President Muhammadu Buhari for the killings as unfortunate, adding that, “the Buhari I know will not be involved, certainly no leader will encourage his people to be killed.”

However, Lalong told Gowon that adequate legislation had been reviewed to prosecute the masterminds of the killings in Jos.

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Tambuwal blames killings on leadership failure
Wed, 11 Jul 2018

The Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, says killings of policemen by criminals have strengthened the argument that the nation’s security architecture needed to be overhauled.

The governor described as worrisome a situation where policemen, who had the constitutional duty of protecting citizens, were themselves being killed by criminals.

According to him, the pervading insecurity in the country is blamable on failed leadership.

In a statement personally signed by him on Tuesday, Tambuwal recalled that only last week seven policemen were gunned down in Abuja with their arms taken away by the assailants.

This, he noted, came only weeks after three policemen were shot dead in Sokoto State by kidnappers, who abducted a Syrian national that they were escorting.

He recalled that few days after the three cops were killed in Sokoto, four other police officers were ambushed and killed in Benue State.

These attacks and killings of policemen, he said, had reinforced the need to review the security strategy in the country.

The governor said, “The question from every law-abiding citizen today is: who will protect us, when even those are constitutionally charged with the responsibility of protecting our lives and property have, themselves, become vulnerable targets of criminals? Where shall we run to for protection, when the institutions of state put in place to protect us are being progressively dismantled by opportunistic criminals and the trained personnel are also on the run?

“It bears repeating for me to state here that Nigeria’s security architecture and the strategies currently adopted and deployed for national security, if any, need a comprehensive overhaul. It is not working. The needless waste of life everywhere, both those of trained security personnel and ordinary citizens, is a drain on the nation’s resources and an unacceptable diminution of our valuable human capital.

“The worst part of all these is that these deaths are avoidable and the killings preventable. It boils down, at the end of the day, to the failure of leadership.”

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Asset forfeiture: Why were stripping President of his power
Wed, 11 Jul 2018

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, on Tuesday, defended the move by the legislature to strip the President of his power to order forfeiture of asset held by persons facing criminal prosecution.

He said it would deepen democracy and give all arms of government the chance to perform their duties without undue interference.

The National Assembly is proposing to strip the President of his power on asset forteiture and vests it in the judge of the High Court, who will now use his discretion to decide on whether to order the forfeiture.

Dogara spoke at the opening of a public hearing on the bill, which sought to amend the “Currency Conversion (Freezing Orders) Act, 2004” at the National Assembly in Abuja.

The hearing was conducted by the House Committee on Banking/Currency chaired by Mr Chukwudi Jones-Onyereri.

The Speaker explained, “The discretionary powers being sought for the judge of the high court; it is essential in order to ensure that the course of justice is protected in the Nigerian socio-economic space.

“Currently, the powers for forfeiture are vested in the President, which invariably usurps the prerogative of the judiciary to adjudicate and give ruling among others.

“For democracy to be truly deepened, all the three arms of government need to be deepened to effectively perform their constitutional responsibilities.”

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Court orders forfeiture of ex-gov Aliyus houses, cars, N57m
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal High Court in Minna, Niger State, has ordered the interim forfeiture of some assets belonging to a former governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu. The PUNCH on Tuesday obtained the Certified True Copy of the courts order made on June 27, 2018. The document showed that the forfeited assets comprised []
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50 feared killed in Adamawa, Taraba attacks
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Hindi Livinus, Yola Over 50 People were reported to have been killed in fresh attacks on Monday night in several border communities in Adamawa and Taraba states. The attacks were reportedly carried out by Fulani militiamen targeting farming communities around Gojefa, Bujum Yashi, Bujum Waya, Sabonlayi and Bujum Kasuwa villages in the Numan Local Government []
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Ekiti poll: Heavy security as Buhari, Tinubu, others campaign for Fayemi
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti There was a heavy presence of security in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday as President Muhammadu Buhari attended the grand rally organised for the All Progressives Congress candidate in Saturdays governorship election, Dr Kayode Fayemi. The combined security men, including soldiers, policemen, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps and Federal Road Safety []
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Money laundering: Court sends ex-Ondo PDP chair back to prison
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Federal High Court in Lagos has adjourned till July 19, 2018, to rule on the bail application filed by a former Chairman of the Ondo State Peoples Democratic Party, Clement Faboyede, who was charged with an alleged fraud of N500m. Justice Muslim Hassan adjourned for ruling on Tuesday after listening to the []
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Nigerian ambassador to Sao Tome dies, Buhari mourns
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday commiserated with the spouse and other family members as well as the Edo State Government on the death of the Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of Sao Tome and Principe, Ambassador Queen Worlu. Worlu died at her duty post on Monday. The Senior Special Assistant to the []
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State police bill passes first reading in House
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
John Ameh and Leke Baiyewu The House of Representatives made progress on its bid to establish state police on Tuesday by passing a bill on the matter for first reading. The constitution amendment bill seeks to amend the 1999 Constitution by decentralising the Nigeria Police Force to accommodate state police. The bill is sponsored by []
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Reps seek suspension, prosecution of Omo-Agege, six others
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
John Ameh, Abuja The joint Committee of the Senate/House of Representatives, which investigated the April 18 invasion of the Senate by thugs, has called for the suspension and prosecution of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege for complicity in the attack. Omo-Agege, according to the panel, should be prosecuted for treasonable felony and conspiracy to steal, while his []
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Ambode orders agency to open Badagry expressway
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has ordered the Lagos Public Works Corporation to open the completed part of the Lagos-Badagry Expressway to ease traffic. Ambode also ordered that the corporation should intensify palliative works on the road from Okokomaiko to Badagry. The Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Ade Akinsanya, on Tuesday explained []
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Govt promises to create 1,000 jobs
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, has said the government would create over 1,000 jobs through the ongoing Mindset Re-orientation and Employability Skills Training. She said the participants would either get direct employment by potential employers or become self-employed and create jobs for others. The commissioner, who []
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How can FG make agriculture attractive to youths
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
We have always paid lip service to the issue of youth engagement in agriculture. The necessary information on how best to do this has been with government; but for inexplicable reasons, those in power have failed to act on several recommendations. However, we will not keep quiet, we will keep reminding them. Like other aspects []
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Rejection of children with disabilities not right LASG
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Government has called on parents not to ignore children with disabilities. The government also said such children should be given access to education and other opportunities. The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development, Mr Hakeem Muri-Okunola, said this on Tuesday at a quiz competition among special []
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Time running out on state policing
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Punch Editorial Board The resolution last week by the National Assembly backing the establishment of state police forces represents a major hurdle cleared in the quest for effective law enforcement in Nigeria. After years of brinksmanship, both chambers of the parliament resolved to begin the process of amending the 1999 Constitution to delete the anomalous []
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Buhari’s supporters clash over souvenirs at Abuja rally
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja A rally for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari ended in fisticuffs in Abuja on Tuesday as the supporters clashed over souvenirs. Hundreds of youths had arrived at the Eagle Square venue of the rally and things seemed to be going smoothly with music blaring out of huge speakers when the situation []
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2019: More parties to join alliance soon, says Secondus
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prince Uche Secondus, has said that more political parties will soon join the 39 political parties that signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the 2019 general elections. Secondus told our correspondent in an interview in Abuja on Tuesday that with the signing of the []
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No gang-up can make us waiver ‘APC
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
John Alechenu, Abuja The Adams Oshiomhole-led All Progressives Congress has said no gang-up can make the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration deviate from its commitment to rid Nigeria of corruption and improve the quality of lives. The APC said this in its first official reaction to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the opposition []
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Ekiti poll: Fayose chides APC for ‘hiring crowd’, blocking govt house gates
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado There was a heavy presence of security men at all the entrances leading to Ekiti State Government House in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday. The security agents prevented vehicles from going in and out of the government house but allowed pedestrians to go in to join the Ekiti drivers’ unions which had assembled []
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Imo lawmakers begin impeachment proceedings against deputy gov
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Chidiebube Okeoma and Gibson Achonu, Owerri The Imo State House of Assembly on Tuesday commenced an impeachment process against the Deputy Governor of the state, Eze Madumere, over allegations of gross misconduct, dereliction of duty, and imprisonment for alleged theft in the United States of America. The petition, which was tendered by the Deputy Speaker, []
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Senate defers motion on Buhari’s alleged human rights abuses
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Senate on Tuesday deferred a motion that chronicled the alleged human rights abuses and disregard for the rule of law by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration and Federal Government agencies. The motion, entitled ‘Alarming Rise in Cases of Alleged Human Rights Violations and Consistent Assault on the Provisions of the 1999 []
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Ekiti poll: ‘APC has falsified results
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has alleged that the All Progressives Congress has lodged thugs in hotels in Ekiti with an alleged plan to cause problems at both the polling units and collation centres during the July 14 governorship poll. Fayose alleged that the thugs were brought by APC governors []
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Ekiti poll: PDP mocks APC, Fayemi over rally
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party has described Tuesday’s rally of the All Progressives Congress in Ekiti as a charade and another mockery on the party and its governorship candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi. The party said the alleged refusal of Ekiti people to attend the rally, leading to APC’s resort to allegedly renting of []
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Ekiti poll: Senators pick holes in 30,000 policemen deployment claim
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja Members of the Senate on Tuesday faulted the deployment of 30,000 men in Ekiti State by the Nigeria Police to monitor the governorship election holding on Saturday. The Senate pointed out that same force could have been deployed to combat the killings in states under attacks by armed herdsmen and militias. The []
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Suicide attack kills 12, injures 36 in Pakistan
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Pakistani Police has confirmed 12 deaths resulting from a suicide bombing at an election rally in North-Western part of the country. The dead include a prominent local politician, while 36 others were injured in the attack on Tuesday, Police said. The attack targeted a campaign event organised in the city of Peshawar by the Awami []
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Debt: FG may cut power supply to Benin, Niger, Togo
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has joined operators in the power sector to call on international customers who receive electricity from Nigeria to either pay their bills or be disconnected. Nigeria sells power to the Republics of Togo, Niger and Benin, and classifies the West African countries as international customers. Officials at the Federal []
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FG hasn’t paid N9bn counterpart funding for Abuja light rail ‘ Contractor
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation has stated that the Federal Government has not provided its N9 billion counterpart funding for the Abuja light rail project, which will be inaugurated for commercial services by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday. The firm stated that the project, which began in May 2007, was challenged []
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Reps probe N100bn underpayment by NNPC
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
John Ameh and Ifeanyi Onuba The House of Representatives has ordered an investigation into the alleged underpayment of over N100bn to the Federation Account by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. On account of the non-remittance from crude oil sale proceeds, the monthly Federation Account Allocation Committee meeting has been deadlocked lately. As of June 28, []
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Science, technology critical to wealth, job creation ‘ Onu
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Femi Asu The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, has said that the nation will create more wealth and jobs as well as reduce poverty by effectively utilising science, technology and innovation. Onu said the present administration had recognised the use of science, technology and innovation as well as the effective participation of []
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National Assembly transmits PIGB to Buhari
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The National Assembly has transmitted the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill to President Muhammadu Buhari for signing into law, The PUNCH learnt on Tuesday. The PIGB seeks to unbundle the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, among others. A source at the Senate told our correspondent that the bill was transmitted to the President for []
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Edo CSOs hail FG’s directive on estimated billing
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Alexander Okere, Benin The Edo State Civil Society Organisations have applauded the directive by the Federal Government to the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission to direct the distribution companies to provide meters for their customers and stop estimated billing. The coalition, however, called for the implementation of the directive in order to make it effective and []
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Promasidor MD advises pupils on career choices
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Ozioma Ubabukoh The Managing Director, Promasidor Nigeria Limited, Mr Anders Einarsson, has urged secondary school pupils to seek professional counsel before making career decisions in order to enhance their capacity to contribute to the future development of the society. Einarsson made the call in Lagos while reviewing the success of the Promasidor Harness Your Dream, []
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Stakeholders laud Air Peace’s all-female crew flight
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Stakeholders in the aviation industry have commended Air Peace on its first all-female crew flight with its first female captain, Sinmisola Ajibola, in command. The Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, said the airline had joined the league of airlines that had operated flights with only women in charge of the []
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Truck drivers’ strike causes congestion at Lagos ports
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Anna Okon The feud between truck drivers and officials of the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Ports Authority is causing serious congestion at the ports, with thousands of containers unable to exit the terminals. The truck drivers, who had earlier threatened a strike over what they termed extortion by the officials handling the truck call []
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Group trains youths in skills acquisition, leadership
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Ozioma Ubabukoh A group, Progressive Minds Forum, has trained some youths in Lagos State in skills acquisition and developing leadership abilities, saying these will enable them to influence their communities positively. Young people attended the training from across the state. At the event, the President, Progressive Minds Forum, Mr Tunde Irukera, said youths were the []
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AfDB rolls out plan to close $130bn infrastructure gap
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The African Development Bank on Tuesday unveiled a plan to close the $130bn gap in infrastructure financing in Nigeria and other African countries. The plan, which was unveiled at the Africa Infrastructure Forum Roadshow held in Abuja on Tuesday, will take full shape at the African Investment Forum scheduled to hold in []
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New jobs, skill sets emerging through Fintech ‘ CIBN
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Ozioma Ubabukoh The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, the body set up to train workers for the banking industry, says the growth of financial technology companies has led to the emergence of new jobs and skill sets in the sector. The Chairman, CIBN, Lagos branch, Mr Kola Abdul, said changes in the industry because []
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Regulate petroleum tankers’ operations, NISE, senator tell government
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Rasheed Bisiriyu and Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Nigerian Institution of Safety Engineers has called on all tiers of government to regulate the design, construction, operations and maintenance of petroleum tankers across the country. As a way of addressing the problem, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Land Transport, Gbenga Ashafa, has also suggested the adoption of a []
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Portfolio investors’ exit worries MPC members
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Femi Asu Members of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria have expressed worry over the exit of foreign portfolio investors from the country on the back of the rise in interest rates in the United States. In a communiqu of the MPC meeting of May 21 and 22 with the personal []
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Inculcating saving culture in children
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Teaching your children about the importance of saving and how to manage money is imperative, and it is helpful to start early. Most banks won’t let children open savings accounts without the consent of an adult, who is ultimately responsible for the minor’s account. If you are the one responsible, you have full access to []
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We flew 17.7 million passengers in June ‘Delta
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Delta said it flew more customers in June than any other month in the company’s history, with nearly 17.7 million people flying on mainline and Delta Connection flights around the world. The airline said it also ended the quarter with a record 50 million customers flown in the three months from April to []
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Osun empowers youths with tailoring skills
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Ozioma Ubabukoh The Osun State Government has commenced a social enterprise project aimed at empowering youths across the state with tailoring skills. The project is designed to equip the youth with the relevant entrepreneurial skills to enable them earn income as well as preserve the age-long Yoruba tailoring master craft. At a press conference in []
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AFARN renews call for safety in aviation
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Association of Foreign Airlines and Representatives in Nigeria says it is renewing its call for safety, which is the bedrock of aviation practices. The association said safety issues would form the basis of its 2018 summit and awards. ‘This was carefully chosen as a way of supporting the government in the quest []
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Applicants need court order to access BVN information ‘ CBN
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Feyisayo Popoola The Central Bank of Nigeria has said the provision of a valid court order will be a prerequisite for the release of Bank Verification Number information to applicants. The apex bank said this on Tuesday in its amendment of the Regulatory Framework for the BVN Operations and Watch List for the Nigerian Financial []
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Crippling poverty and a future under threat
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Pat Utomi First, the world data lab declared Nigeria the misery headquarters of the planet. Then, the Brookings Institution published the report of its study, which showed Nigeria as the country with the largest pool of extremely poor people in the world. I thought politicians would be running around declaring a state of emergency on []
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Buharis assets confiscation policy
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
I cant disagree more with the Federal Governments drive to confiscate the assets belonging to private citizens. It is like using a machine gun to kill a mosquito. At best, it will be tantamount to winning a single battle, while losing the war against corruption. First, what if the assets confiscation policy is designed with []
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Dearth of political empowerment for Nigerian youths
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Jide Ojo I am very happy to be here. Let me remind you that this place Shrine is a music place as well as politics, which is needed to change the society. So, I will say to the youths, politics is important, be involved French President, Emmanuel Macron, at Afrika Shrine, Lagos on []
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Macrons Lagos swag and Abuja stopover
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Lekan Sote The youthful it will be inappropriate to say, juvenile- President Emmanuel Macron of France showed up at the New Afrika Shrine in Lagos, after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja. He was making good earlier promises that he would be interested in discussing issues of cultural exchanges and youth development. To []
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Capital market growth: Any role for CBN
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Uche Uwaleke With the primary mandate of maintaining monetary and price stability, does the Central Bank of Nigeria have any role to play in fostering the growth of the Nigerian capital market’ This burning question hardly occupies centre stage in any discourse on the growth levers of the capital market. At best, it is the []
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