NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [28 AUGUST, 2018].

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Nigerias problem not about restructuring, says Osinbajo
Tue, 28 Aug 2018

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Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says the problems facing Nigeria are not about restructuring as being suggested in many quarters.
He also wondered how past Nigerian leaders, including a military dictator, Ibrahim Babangida; former President Olusegun Obasanjo and former President Goodluck Jonathan, spent the oil revenues that accrued to the country during their administrations.

According to a statement on Monday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Laolu Akande, the Vice-President said these while answering questions from Nigerians at a town hall meeting in Minnesota, the United States of America, on Sunday.

Osinbajo said Nigeria’s problems were not about geographical restructuring but about proper management of the country’s resources.

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He said, “The problem with our country is not a matter of restructuring and we must not allow ourselves to be drawn into the argument that our problems stem from some geographical restructuring. It is about managing resources properly and providing for the people properly, that is what it is all about.

“I served for eight years as Attorney General in Lagos State and one of the chief issues that we fought for in Lagos State was what you call fiscal federalism. We felt that there was a need for the states to be stronger, for states, to more or less, determine their fortunes.

“So, for example, we went to court to contest the idea that every state should control, to a certain extent, its own resources (the so-called resource control debate). We were in court at that time up to the Supreme Court and the court ruled that oil-producing states should continue to get 13 per cent derivation.

“While we were at the Supreme Court only the oil-producing states and Lagos were interested in resource control, everybody else was not interested in resource control for obvious reasons.

“Now, that is the way the argument has always gone. Those who have the resources want to take all of it, while those who do not have want to share from others.”

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Nigeria needs competent, not strong leaders Jega
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The immediate past Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Attahiru Jega, says Nigeria needs competent and assertive leaders and not necessarily strong leaders. According to Jega, an incompetent leader who is strong will end up destroying institutions. The former INEC boss said this at the 58th Annual General Conference of []
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PDP, Turaki, Orbih reject Buharis stand on rule of law
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
Olusola Fabiyi and Alexander Okere The Peoples Democratic Party has told President Muhammadu Buhari that his statement that the rule of law will be subject to national interest is strange to Nigerias laws and therefore unacceptable. The President had said while addressing participants at the opening of the Nigerian Bar Association Annual General Conference in []
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INEC budget: National Assembly joint committee adopts Buharis N143bn request
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
as INEC declares 510,000 PVCs uncollected in Osun John Alechenu, Eniola Akinkuotu The National Assembly Joint Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission has adopted President Muhammadu Buharis request of N143bn for the 2019 general elections. The request was adopted at a closed-door meeting of the committee in Abuja on Monday. The committee, made up []
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Stop confusing unless with except
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
Akeem Lasisi Each of the four statements below harbours a grammatical error. Take a look at them and identify the mishaps: I wont go except you give me more money. Except President Buhari begs him, Saraki will not return to the APC. All the girls are wearing new dresses unless Ada and Bimpe. Unless Moses []
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After Washington meeting, Trump allegedly called Buhari lifeless Report
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
Niyi Odebode, John Alechenu,Olusola Fabiyi, Eniola Akinkuotuand Adelani Adepegba A publication by Financial Times on the United States President, Donald Trumps comment on President Muhammadu Buhari generated different reactions on Monday. The newspaper in its recent publication stated that Trump called Buhari, lifeless, after their April meeting in Washington. Financial Times, in the publication titled, []
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Why I cant appear before police now Fani-Kayode
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja A former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, has written a letter to the police, explaining that he cannot honour its invitation now. The police had last week invited Fani-Kayode for alleged conspiracy, criminal and inciting publication. The police, while making reference to a petition, had also asked the former minister to []
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Alleged neglect: FG releases 69 ongoing projects in South-East
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
The Federal Government on Monday released a list of 69 ongoing road and bridge projects in the South-East to debunk allegation of infrastructure neglect by some governors from the geopolitical zone. The 69 projects which included the rehabilitation of the existing Niger Bridge as well as the construction of the second Niger Bridge, cost over []
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Trump not attending McCains funeral Family friend
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
US President Donald Trump will not attend the funeral of his political antagonist John McCain, a spokesman for the late senator has said. The president will not be, as far as we know, attending the funeral, said McCain family friend Rick Davis. Thats just a fact. The British Broadcasting Corporation reports that Davis read out []
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Stop attacking me, Ortom tells Akume
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
John Charles Makurdi The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Monday appealed to his estranged political godfather, who is also the senator representing the Benue North-West Senatorial District in the Senate, George Akume, to stop attacking him. He urged Akume to, rather than castigating him, start highlighting his (Akumes) achievements to his constituents in order []
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Ambode urges CDAs and CDCs to ensure harmony
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has called on community development associations and community development committees to be symbols of harmony in their communities. The governor spoke on Sunday during the celebration of the 2018 Eid -El Kabir with members of CDAs, CDCs, as well as the Community Advisory Council in the state []
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Sex for marks: NUC asks varsities to expose lecturers names
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
Femi Makinde, Osogbo The National Universities Commission has asked universities in the country to advertise the names of lecturers found guilty of sexual harassment in newspapers. The Executive Secretary of the NUC, Prof. Adamu Rasheed, said this on Monday during the 33rd conference of the Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities held at the Redeemers []
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What should INEC do to simplify voter registration
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
This problem didnt just start; it has been there for long. It is part of the challenge of the administration of public institutions in this country. It is a kind of reluctance of Nigeria to decentralise. Registration is the simplest thing that anybody can do. You should be able to register at any point. INEC []
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Rescue me, Leah Sharibu pleads with Buhari
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
DSS probing audio on girl Presidency John Alechenu and Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja Leah Sharibu, the Christian schoolgirl abducted along with others from the Government Girls Secondary School, Dapchi in Yobe State by Boko Haram terrorists, has cried out to President Muhammadu Buhari to help get her out of captivity. Her plea was contained in a []
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6,000 APC, PDP, AD members defect to ADC
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
Samson Folarin No fewer than 6,000 members of the ruling All Progressives Congress, the Peoples Democratic Party and the Alliance for Democracy in the Ogun East senatorial district on Monday defected to the African Democratic Congress. A statement on Monday said the politicians were led by a former member of the AD in Ijebu Ode, []
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Ortom after me over EFCC petition against him Tsav
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
vows never to apologise to gov again John Charles, Makurdi A former Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav, on Monday, said he was the one who instigated the ongoing probe of the Benue State Government by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Tsav said the anti-graft agency was acting on a petition he []
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Ekiti NLC, TUC slam 10-year ban on ex-labour leaders
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti The Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress in Ekiti have banned their former state chairmen, Ayodeji Aluko and Kolawole Olaiya, for 10 years. The two men were found guilty of leading a protest and declaring strike without authorisation. During the protest, the two men led others to attack workers at []
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EU condemns Rivers by-election violence
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt THE European Union on Monday condemned the violence that marred the by-election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission in Port Harcourt Constituency 3, describing the outcome of the exercise as unacceptable. The Head of EU delegation to Nigeria and the Economic Community of West African States, Ketil Karlson, hailed INEC []
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Edo residents protest
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
Alexander Okere, Benin Residents of Evbuotubu community, in the Egor Local Government Area of Edo State, on Monday staged a protest against the deplorable state of infrastructure in the area. The residents, who carried placards, lamented that the community, said to be the second most populous in the area, had been neglected for too long. []
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Omisore, Adeleke back INECs plan against vote-buying
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
Femi Makinde, Osogbo The governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party in Osun State, Iyiola Omisore, and the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ademola Adeleke, have okayed the plans of the Independent National Electoral Commission to ban voters from using phones inside polling booths. The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Osun State, Mr Olusegun Agbaje, []
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Robbers attack journalists
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
Umar Muhammed, Lafia Some members of the Nasarawa State correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists were attacked by armed robbers along the Nasarawa-Eggon/Akwanga road. The members who were coming from an official engagement were attacked at about 10pm in Lili village in the Nasarawa-Eggon Local Government Area. The Punch reports that the journalists []
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Buhari wont Islamise Nigeria, says SGF
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
Friday Olokor, Jos The Federal Government on Monday dismissed the allegation that President Muhammadu Buhari planned to turn the country into an Islamic state. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, described the allegation as a dummy being sold by enemies of Nigeria who wanted to plunge the country into a religious []
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Kwankwaso decries poor infrastructure, says Buhari cant improve economy
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri A former Kano State governor and a presidential aspirant on the Peoples Democratic Party platform, Rabiu Kwankwaso, on Monday flayed President Muhammadu Buharis approach towards boosting the nations economy. He also decried the level of infrastructural deficit in the South-East and called for a change of government at the centre in 2019. []
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FG approves N2bn for Nigerian Army varsity take-off
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Federal Government has approved the sum of N2bn for the establishment of Nigerian Army University in Biu, Borno State. The Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund, Abdullahi Baffa, disclosed this when the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, visited the agency in Abuja on Monday. Baffa said that approval for []
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Topfeeds gets animal feed recognition
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
A livestock nutritional provider, Topfeeds, has been named the 2018 winner of the Nigeria Most Preferred Animal Feeds brand of the year at the Made in Nigeria Brands Awards 2018. The firm said in a statement that the award ceremony, held in Lagos, was attended by heads and representatives of prominent Nigerian brands in agriculture, []
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UNICEF urges Bauchi govt to settle counterpart fund for water, sanitation projects
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
The United Nations Children Fund has urged Bauchi State government to settle its counterpart fund of N250 million to enable it to benefit from intervention fund under the Sanitation, Hygiene and Water in Nigeria project. UNICEF officer in charge of Water Sanitation and Hygiene in Nigeria, Mr Zard Jurji, made the call on Monday []
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Aregbesola calls for preservation of Yoruba history
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State on Monday called for the preservation of Yoruba history and culture. Aregbesola made the call at the presentation of a book on historical towns and events to mark the 27th anniversary of the creation of the state. The programme was organised by the Department of Social Grassroots Mobilisation and []
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Toyota set to team up with Uber on driver-less cars
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
Toyota is poised to pump about $500m into Uber as part of a deal to collaborate on self-driving vehicles, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday. The investment was said to value Uber about $72 billion, and would come after the smartphone-summoned ride service throttled back its solo effort to develop autonomous vehicle technology. San Francisco-based []
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Hold your politicians accountable for graft, Danish envoy urges Nigerians
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
The outgoing Ambassador of Denmark to Nigeria, Mr. Torben Gettermann, has stressed the need for Nigerians to hold politicians, companies and individuals accountable if they must win the anti-corruption war in the country. Gettermann, who said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, said such was what helped his []
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Kogi Inland Revenue Service denies diverting N3bn
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
Kogi State Internal Revenue Service on Monday described the allegation that it diverted N3 billion as spurious and unfounded. Mrs Hassana Salahu, the Director of Administration and Corporate Affairs at KIRS, while addressing journalists in Lokoja said that the monthly revenue the state realised from Dangote Group was just N65 million. She said that the []
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FG capable of meeting SDGs Presidential aide
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
Mrs Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, says the Federal Government is capable of surmounting the challenges facing the goals in Nigeria. Orelope-Adefulire gave the assurance on Monday at the 9th annual Ibadan Sustainable Development Summit organised by the Centre for Sustainable Development of the University of Ibadan. []
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Lawmaker calls for stakeholders collaboration to check female genital mutilation
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
Mr Oliver Osi, the lawmaker representing Ivo State Constituency in Ebonyi House of Assembly has called for stakeholders collaboration to check the spate of Female Genital Mutilation in Ebonyi. Osi, who spoke on Monday in Abakaliki, described the FGM as mans inhumanity to man, that required urgent attention and continuous advocacy, especially at the rural []
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BREAKING: Trump makes a U-Turn, lowers White House flag out of respect for McCain
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
Under fire for what critics said was a lack of respect for the late US senator John McCain, President Donald Trump on Monday issued a formal proclamation about the lawmakers death and ordered the White House flag back to half-staff. Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCains service to our []
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Hold your politicians, companies accountable- Envoy urges Nigerians
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
The outgoing Ambassador of Denmark to Nigeria, Mr Torben Gettermann, has stressed the need for Nigerians to hold politicians, companies and individuals accountable in order to win theanti-corruption crusade in the country. Gettermann, who said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja, said such was what helped his country to []
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Buharis new order to security chiefs
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
President Muhammadu Buharis recent order to his security chiefs to step up efforts to secure the country shows that tackling insecurity is still top on the agenda of government. He backed up his resolve to arrest the worsening banditry again when he told troops under Operation Sharan Daji and Diran Mikiya to be as ruthless []
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2019: PDP begins sale of nomination forms
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party has announced the sale of its nomination and expression of interest forms to its members who are interested in contesting elections in the country in 2019. The announcement was made by the National Organising Secretary of the party, Col. Austin Akobundu (retd.) in Abuja []
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Bianca Ojukwu begins senatorial campaign today
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
Tony Okafor, Awka the widow of the late Igbo leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Ambassador Bianco Ojukwu, will begin her senatorial campaign for the 2019 Anambra South Senatorial District on Tuesday (today). The event, it was gathered, would take place at the Ekwulobia Township Stadium in the Aguata Local Government Area of the state. Bianca, []
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Bode George seeks probe of Lagos PDP chair’s murder
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
Tobi Aworinde A former Deputy National Chairman (South) of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olabode George, has called on the Nigeria Police to set up an impartial Special Investigation Panel to probe the killing of the Apapa Local Government PDP Chairman, Mr Adeniyi Aborishade. Aborishade, who was also the PDP Chairman of Chairmen in Lagos []
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Ashafa declares bid to re-contest
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Gbenga Ashafa, has said he will be running for another term in the Senate. A statement from the senator’s office on Monday said Ashafa stated that he had undertaken meaningful projects in his constituency and since it was not uncommon for public office holders to seek []
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Ex-warlord Bemba appeals to DR Congo top court for right to run for president
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
Former warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba lodged an appeal with the Democratic Republic of Congos top court on Monday after he was banned from running in upcoming presidential elections. Bemba and five other candidates, including three former prime ministers, were barred by the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) late Friday. The move sent shock waves through the []
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Burkinabes to vote on new constitution in March
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
The Sahel state of Burkina Faso will hold a referendum to usher in a semi-presidential constitution on March 24 next year, the election commission announced Monday. The electoral rolls would be updated ahead of the vote, said commission chairman Newton Ahmed Barry. President Roch Marc Christian Kabore promised during the 2015 election campaign to bring []
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Geographical restructuring will not solve Nigeria’s problem ‘Osinbajo
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has said that simple geographical restructuring is not the problem with Nigeria. He said that prudent management of national resources and providing for the people properly were better ideas for Nigeria’s development challenges. Mr Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the []
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Stock market: Foreign transactions drop by N66.24bn
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
Feyisayo Popoola The Nigerian Stock Exchange recorded a decline of N66.24bn in foreign portfolio transactions last month amid political uncertainties and rise in interest rates in the United States. The July 2018 Domestic and Foreign Portfolio Participation in Equity Trading report, which was released on Monday, showed that total transactions at the nation’s bourse reduced []
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Oil spills: ‘Shell using JTF to force us to sign report
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa The people of Aghoro 1 community in Ekeremor Local Government Area, Bayelsa State, have accused Shell Petroleum Development Company of using the Joint Military Task Force, Operation Delta Safe, to coerce their leaders into signing oil spill reports. Aghoro, a coastal settlement along Ramos River, recently experienced an oil spill from Shell []
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Experts warn of major challenges ahead as GDP shrinks to 1.5%
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
we are encouraged by growth in non-oil sector ‘ FG Ifeanyi Onuba, Nike Popoola and ‘Femi Asu The National Bureau of Statistics on Monday released the Gross Domestic Product growth rate for the second quarter of this year with the economy recording a decline in performance from 1.95 per cent in the first quarter to []
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40 million Nigerians denied access to Internet ‘ NCC
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja Coverage gaps in 200 communities across the country deprive more than 40 million people access to the Internet, the Nigerian Communications Commission has said. The Executive Vice Chairman at NCC, Prof Umar Danbatta, said this in Abuja on Monday at the annual International Telecommunications Union regional capacity building workshop hosted by the []
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Dairy farming’ll curb farmers, herdsmen clashes, says Buhari
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said a dairy farming initiative being championed by the Kingdom of Denmark and the Kaduna State Government would go a long way in curbing clashes between herders and farmers which had left many people dead. The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi []
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Obaseki stops advance payment of 10% fee for letter of administration
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has ordered that the payment of 10 per cent advance fee for issuance of Letters of Administration should be stopped in the state. A statement by the state government on Monday, stated that Obaseki, had issued an Executive Order altering the provision of Order 53, Rule []
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JV funds’ll attract investments in oil sector ‘ Shell
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Improvement in the release of joint venture funds for oil and gas projects by the Federal Government through the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation will attract more investments to Nigeria’s oil sector, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria has said. According to the SPDC, the recent development in the JV funding by the []
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