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National Assembly invasion: Saraki, APC Reps demand full probe
Thu, 09 Aug 2018

The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, and the All Progressives Congress caucus in the House of Representatives have called for a full investigation into the invasion of the National Assembly on Tuesday by the operatives of the Department of State Services.

Saraki, who made the call at a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday, also dared the APC senators to carry out their impeachment threat against him, stressing that only two-thirds of members of the Senate could remove him and other leaders of the National Assembly

Saraki said he and his colleagues in the National Assembly leadership were prepared to step down the day two-thirds of members lose confidence in them.

He explained that the process of election and removal of principal officers in the National Assembly were clearly stipulated in the relevant sections of the laws guiding the operations of the legislature.

He said, “The day two-thirds of our members no longer have confidence in us, we will leave this place.”

The Senate President described Tuesday’s invasion of the National Assembly by officials of the DSS as a show of shame.

He claimed the invasion was part of a plot to force a change in leadership and that the plotters had been at it for months.

Calling for a probe into the invasion, the Senate President said, “This is an incident concerning which we have it on good authority that it has been in the planning for months, and yet it was allowed to happen. How is it that such an atrocity was not prevented?

“How is it that the masterminds were not deterred? Very serious questions remain that can only be answered by a full investigation. We call for an investigation, and we demand that all perpetrators are brought to book.

“We owe it to ourselves to ensure that such a situation never occurs again. Many agencies have abused their powers and acted outside the ambit of the law. Where abuses occur, similar actions must be taken immediately and full investigation instituted.”

He maintained that the invasion of the assembly complex should not have happened in the first place, noting that Nigeria reaped the bitter fruits instantaneously as “evident in media images relayed around the world, images that shame us as a democratic nation.”

He added, “The siege was also an act of cowardice by those seeking to carry out an illegal impeachment of the leadership of the Senate in flagrant disregard of the law. People who seek control at all costs, by whatever means, never minding the injury to democratic norms.

“I have to say that this is not about me, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, as an individual. It is not about Ike Ekweremadu, nor is it about Yakubu Dogara. I am speaking for my colleagues when I say that this is about the soul of Nigeria, what we represent as a country and our standing in the comity of nations.

“This is a country where so much is expected of us. So many rungs of the ladder that we are supposed to have ascended as a nation; instead we are wallowing in impunity and illegal show of force, all of which retard our progress.”

He explained that he didn’t derive joy in saying he warned the nation about two years ago that there was a government within the President Muhammadu Buhari government and that its interest was at variance with the interests of Nigerians who voted this administration into power.

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Customs seize N2bn contraband in two weeks
Thu, 09 Aug 2018

The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, Zone A, Ikeja has declared the seizure of contraband worth N2.55bn in two weeks between July 25 and August 7.

Among the seized items were 2,748 cartons of DSP Codeine cough syrup worth N1, 175,200,000.

The Controller, NCS, FOU, Mr Mohammed Garuba, stated on Wednesday that the codeine syrup was found in a MAN diesel truck with registration number XB 286 BEN, along Afromedia Estate, by Egbeda junction, beside Alaba International market.

In May, the Federal Government declared a ban on importation of cough syrup containing codeine after a BBC documentary highlighted the abuse of the syrup among youths.

According to Garuba, this is the second time in a row the unit is intercepting the substance since the ban.

He added that information had also led to the evacuation of 49 cartons of 100mg Tramadol capsules from a warehouse in Ajao Estate, saying that the drugs would be handed over to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control for further investigation.

He listed contraband intercepted within the period to include 21 sacks of pangolin scales weighing 1,031kg and four pieces of elephant tusk weighing 29.35kg which were evacuated from a shop located in Tejuosho market in Victoria Island, based on information by the Warehouse Operations team led by Mutalib Sule.

He said, “The seized endangered species have a duty paid value of N253.6m. You will recall that the Minister of State for Environment, Mallam Usman Jibril, accompanied by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species delegates from the United Nations visited the unit, inspected the previous seizure of such endangered species this year and even commended us for a job well done.

“The trade in such endangered species is globally prohibited, hence the need for us all to fight against such illegality so that such endangered species do not go into extinction.”

Other seizures recorded in the two weeks are 39 sacks and 1,220 parcels of 1,610kg of Indian Hemp, uncovered in a transit bus in Ogun State; 17 units of exotic vehicles; 1,380 bags of foreign parboiled rice; 1, 126 pieces of used shoes; and 140 cans of vegetable oil.

Garuba added that among the detained vehicles were seven Toyota Land Cruiser SUVs; four Toyota Hiace buses; two Toyota Coaster buses, and four Toyota Camry cars.

“These 17 exotic vehicles have a duty paid value of N304.2m. Four of the vehicles were intercepted along Ijebu Ode Expressway while 13 were evacuated from a house on Plot 1, Akin Taylor Close, Allen Avenue, Ikeja, based on credible information.

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Senators planning to impeach Buhari, Tinubu alleges
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has alleged that some members of the National Assembly are planning to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari. He, however, warned the plotters to drop their sinister move, saying it was not possible for a lizard to wrestle an antelope. Tinubu spoke on Wednesday at the formal []
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Produce INEC boss on Aug 14, court tells IG
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has again ordered the arrest of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, for flouting a court order. Justice Stephen Pam gave the order of arrest following the absence of Yakubu in court on Wednesday. While delivering his ruling, Justice Pam []
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Govs forum tackles EFCC over frozen Benue accounts
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
Sola Fabiyi, Olalekan Adetayo, Eniola Akinkuotu and John Charles The Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Abdulaziz Yari, on Wednesday, said it was unconstitutional for the EFCC to freeze the account of any state government. Yari, who is also the Zamfara State Governor, said this in an interview with State House correspondents at the Presidential []
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US mid-term elections: Women break records for nominations
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
More women candidates than ever will contest US governorships and House seats in Novembers mid-term elections, BBC reports. After Tuesdays primaries across four states, there are now 11 female nominees for governor and at least 182 for the House of Representatives. The results were hailed as a continuing success story by activists for women in []
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As EFCCs broom sweeps PDP states
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu A few weeks ago, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Paul Arkwright, visited the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr Ibrahim Magu, in Abuja, where he commended the EFCC for its efforts at fighting corruption. Before leaving, however, the British envoy had a solemn word of advice for []
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Pregnant women in Bayelsa to get N70,000 each as incentives
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa The Bayelsa State Government has said that all pregnant women in the state, regardless of marital status, will henceforth get about N70,000 each as a form of motivation to use approved health facilities in the state. The government said on Wednesday during a briefing by its officials that the move was meant []
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Rivers retirees protest, want pension scheme abolished
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
Chukwudi Akasike,Port Harcourt A group of retirees in Rivers State took to the streets in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, demanding that the Contributory Pension Scheme be abolished. The angry retirees explained that the scheme was not favourable to them, adding that the state government was mismanaging it. Explaining that government had not paid its part []
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FG okays fresh $150m World Bank loan to fight polio
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday gave the Ministry of Finance the approval to procure fresh World Bank $150m credit facility in support of polio eradication in the country. The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of the councils meeting presided over by []
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LASU VC dismisses alleged compromise in his appointment
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Vice-Chancellor, Lagos State University, Prof Olanrewaju Fagbohun, has dismissed the allegation that the rules were bent for him to get the institutions top job in 2016. According to him, those behind the allegation were out to undermine the peace and order, which he restored into the institution that was enmeshed in restiveness []
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N369m project: Police invite Kaduna senator, Hunkuyi, NLC chairman
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
Niyi Odebode, Olaleye Aluko and Godwin Isenyo The police have invited the senator representing Kaduna North, Suleiman Hunkuyi. The police, in a letter dated August 3, 2018, requested the senator to appear before one Ibrahim Agu, a deputy superintendent of police, for an interview over a case of a transaction they were investigating. According to []
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At last, new CP is posted to Bayelsa
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa After nearly one month of confusion and uncertainty in Bayelsa State, Mr Austin Iwar, has been posted to the state Police Command as its new commissioner. Iwar takes over from CP Don Awunah, who has been redeployed in the Force Headquarters, Abuja as the CP, Border Patrol. A statement by the commands []
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Osun: NYSC relocates 202 corps members on health grounds, others
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
Femi Makinde, Osogbo The National Youth Service Corps has granted instant relocation to 202 corps members in Osun State on the grounds of ill health, marriage and pregnancy. He said some of the corps members had tuberculosis, high blood pressure and other health issues which they concealed despite presenting medical certificates. The NYSC Coordinator in []
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LASG seeks cooperation among emergency workers
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
Samson Folarin The Lagos State Government has called for cooperation among emergency management workers in the state. The state Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-governmental Relations, Mr Oluseye Oladejo, said such was important for effectiveness in response to emergencies in the state. Oladejo spoke at the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency 2018 Quarterly Stakeholders Meeting []
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Lagos can meet needs of residents, says commissioner
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
Oluwatobi Akindele The Lagos State Government says it can meet the needs of residents, urging them to use the services of its ministries, departments and agencies. The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Kazeem Adeniji, stated this on Wednesday at a one-day symposium in Alausa, Ikeja, on the bouquet of services available in Lagos []
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Iran sanctions: US cant stop our oil exports, says minister
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
Irans foreign minister has said the United States will not be able to prevent the country from exporting oil, BBC reports. Mohammad Javad Zarif told the Iran newspaper that President Donald Trumps goal of forcing the rest of the world not to buy Iranian oil was impossible. He also mocked what he called Mr Trumps []
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Thai cave rescue: Coach and boys given citizenship
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
Thailand has granted citizenship to the coach and three members of a football team dramatically rescued from a flooded cave last month, BBC reports. During their ordeal, it emerged that the boys and their coach were among around 480,000 stateless people living in the south-east Asian country. It prompted calls to fast-track their citizenship applications. []
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Spanish fighter jet accidentally fires missile over Estonia
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
Spains defence ministry is investigating after one of its fighter jets accidentally fired a missile over Estonia during a training mission, BBC reports. The incident happened on Tuesday afternoon in an area of southwest Estonia authorised for this type of exercise, the ministry said. It added that the air-to-air missile did not cause damage and []
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Abide by Broadcasting Code when reporting politics NBC tells media
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
The National Broadcasting Commission has advised broadcasters to abide by the Nigeria Broadcasting Code and Guidelines on Political Broadcasts while reporting political activities. The Head, Public Affairs of NBC, Mrs Maimuna Jimada, in a statement on Wednesday, said the Director-General of the commission, Malam Ishaq Modibbo Kawu, gave the advice on Wednesday at the sensitisation []
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Why we suspended voter registration exercise INEC
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
The Independent National Electoral Commission on Wednesday said its decision to suspend the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration was not prompted by pressure from any quarter. INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, made the clarification in Abuja during a meeting with a delegation of #OurMumuDonDo Movement. NAN reports that INEC had set the deadline of August 17 []
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Payroll clean-up: Oyo-Ita, make the difference
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
IT is curious that the verification of the federal payroll to fish out ghost workers is a never-ending undertaking. A new phase of it began on July 16 to further winnow the 300,000 staff strength of the 486 Ministries, Departments and Agencies already enrolled on the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System. The Head of []
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No going back on Imo gov race, says Madumere
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
Gibson Achonu, Owerri The embattled Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere, has insisted that no amount of persecution and blackmail can stop him from contesting the state’s governorship seat. The deputy governor made the assertion on Wednesday, while addressing scores of Imo citizens in Owerri, the state capital. Madumere also used the forum []
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Akpabio, four lawmakers, two commissioners, others defect
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
We haven’t closed case against senator ‘EFCC Olusola Fabiyi,Eniola Akinkuotuand Etim Ekpimah The Senator representing Akwa Ibom North-West in the National Assembly, Godswill Akpabio, who officially defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress on Wednesday, said his defection was done to link Akwa Ibom State to the centre. Four lawmakers consisting []
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We didn’t leave APC for selfish reasons ‘Kwara gov
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
Feyisayo Popoola Kwara State Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed, has explained that his defection from the ruling All Progressives Congress is a script hatched and perfected by fifth columnists within the party. Ahmed revealed this while receiving the National Executive of Oro Descendents Union, led by its President, Alhaji Uthman Balogun, who paid him a courtesy []
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Oyinlola, Omisore’s parties vow to end APC rule in Osun
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
Femi Makinde, Osogbo A former Governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola and a former deputy governor of the state, Senator Iyiola Omisore, have vowed to put an end to the reign of the ruling All Progressives Congress in the state at the governorship election holding on September 22. Oyinlola, who is one of the []
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INEC budget: Senate may reconvene next week, says Yakubu
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
John Alechenu and Theophilus Onojeghen The National Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, has said the commission has received assurances that the Senate could reconvene as early as next week to consider its budget for the 2019 elections. Yakubu said this while responding to questions from journalists after a meeting with the Senate []
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Vote-buying: INEC may change voting process
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja To forestall vote-buying in the 2019 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission has said that it is looking at the possibility of making the process of voting more secret. The Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahood Yakubu, said this in Abuja on Wednesday when some Civil Society Organisations led by popular artiste, []
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Ekiti tribunal gives PDP nod to serve APC, Fayemi through substituted service
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti The Ekiti State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has granted leave to the Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate in the July 14 governorship poll, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, to serve its notice of petition on the All Progressives Congress and its candidate, Kayode Fayemi, through substituted means. The tribunal said the petitioners []
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PHOTOS: Akpabio officially defects to APC
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
Former Senate minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, officially defected from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party to the ruling All Progressives Congress on Wednesday, at a mega rally held at the Ikot Ekpene township stadium. No fewer than 30 APC’s senators and members of National Working Committee were on hand to receive him. See the photographs:
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We need stiffer punishment for those who declare fake election results ‘Attahiru Jega
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
A former Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, has urged the Federal Government to proffer stiffer laws against declaration of fake election results. Jega made the call on Wednesday in Abuja at an international conference with ‘Democracy and Disinformation: How Fake News Threatens our Freedom and Democracy in Nigeria,” as theme. He []
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A combination of all PDP presidential candidates can’t floor Buhari in 2019 ‘Osinbajo
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
The acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday, says thata combination of all PDP presidential candidates cannot floor Buhari in 2019. He said that President Muhammadu Buhari has been growing the Nigerian economy in spite of difficulties in the country. Osinbajo said this at Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom, during the official defection of former Senate []
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Fishing boat capsizes as helmsman dozes off
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
Crew fatigue led to the grounding and loss of commercial fishing vessel Jan. Its owner, Wild Fish (NZ) Limited has been fined NZ$27,200 ($18,300) following prosecution by Maritime NZ. According to maritime executive, the sole helmsman at the time of the grounding, a 17-year-old deckhand, fell asleep soon after going on watch in the early []
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Operating surplus: Defaulting MDAs may face sanctions
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, wants sanctions to be imposed on the Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the government that fail to remit their operating surplus appropriately to the Consolidated Revenue Fund. Speaking at the inauguration of a new template for the calculation of operating surplus in Abuja on Wednesday, []
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Flutterwave gets CBN approval for USSD
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
Feyisayo Popoola Nigerian payment technology firm, Flutterwave, has received an approval from the Central Bank of Nigeria for its Unstructured Supplementary Service Data technology product. The firm said in a statement that the CBN’s approval would enable its enterprise and retail customers to lay their products on the USSD infrastructure. The Head, USSD Product Engineering, []
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LSETF, UNDP to commence training for unemployed youths
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
The Lagos State Employment Trust Fund in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme has revealed plans to commence vocational training for unemployed and underemployed youths. The LSETF, in a statement on Wednesday, described the training as a reiteration to its employability support project, aimed at improving the pool of skilled and employable manpower in []
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Government policy, funding stall proposed oil refineries
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
Government policy in the downstream sector and paucity of funds as well as inadequate technical capacity are pulling a plug on proposed private refineries in the country, even as government-owned plants continue to perform dismally with no new ones built in almost 30 years, ‘FEMI ASU writes For more than two decades, private investors have []
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9Mobile: NCC conducts fresh due diligence on preferred bidder
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The Nigerian Communications Commission says it is conducting another round of due diligence on the preferred bidder for 9Mobile, Teleology Holdings Limited. The due diligence will determine whether the bid winner has the technical capacity as well as the financial resources to successfully run the beleaguered telecommunications company. Answering a question from []
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Electricity workers protest colleagues’ sacking, picket Ikeja Electric
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
Ozioma Ubabukoh and Femi Asu The Nigeria Union of Electricity Employees on Wednesday staged a protest against the alleged sacking of 40 workers of Ikeja Electric Plc, and laid siege to the company’s headquarters in Alausa, Ikeja and all its other offices across Lagos State. The union members shut down operations at the offices, thereby []
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Apapa gridlock, sign of ports system failure ‘ Olaosun
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
Maritime expert and Chief Executive Officer of Hermonfield Limited, Tunji Olaosun tells ANNA OKON what he feels is the major reason for the current gridlock along the port access roads and the remedy What would you say contributes to the high cost of clearing cargo at the ports’ The cargo handling equipment can contribute, as []
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Power: ‘70% of revenue losses come from unmetered consumers
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The highest amount of revenue losses in Nigeria’s power sector come from areas that have high concentration of unmetered electricity consumers. It was also gathered that about 70 per cent of revenue losses recorded by power distribution companies were from these areas. The Executive Director, Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors, Sunday Oduntan, []
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FG to buy N17bn equipment to track fuel distribution
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved the sum of N17bn for the installation of mechanism under the Petroleum Equalisation Fund to monitor fuel distribution and eliminate subsidy fraud. The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of the council’s meeting presided []
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NIRSAL facilitates $375m bank loans to agric sector
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja Since incorporated in 2013 by the Central Bank of Nigeria, a total of $375m has been facilitated by the Nigerian Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending from Deposit Money Banks for the agricultural sector. The Managing Director, NIRSAL, Aliyu Abdulhameed, gave the figure on Wednesday in Abuja after the signing of []
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Nigeria must address 17 million housing deficit urgently
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
Theophilus Onojeghen, Warri The Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has called for urgent and concerted efforts by government and private sector to address the housing deficit in the country put at 17 million houses. Okowa, who stated this on Wednesday at the unveiling of the Governance Villa Housing Estate, Ibusa in the Oshimili North []
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ASEN’ll improve efficiency, deepen capital market ‘ SEC
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
Femi Asu The Acting Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Ms Mary Uduk, has said the launch of the Association of Securities Exchanges of Nigeria on Wednesday will improve efficiency, liquidity, settlement and deepen the capital market for rapid economic development. Uduk commended the Nigerian Stock Exchange for its doggedness and tenacity that culminated []
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Important things to know about a cheque
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
While the use of cheques has been declining with the growing popularity of electronic and card payments, banks still process a lot of cheques every year, according to https://cba.ca. A cheque is an agreement of payment between two individuals or organisations. So when you write a cheque, you are agreeing to pay another individual or []
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Who is paying for your holiday
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
Author of Practical Steps to Financial Independence and business & finance coach, Mr Usiere Uko, writes about how to make money from your phone The holiday season is here again. The roads are freer as schools have closed for the session and some folks are leaving town for vacation. The resilience of the Nigerian spirit []
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Digital must address workplaces, employees’ challenges
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
Ozioma Ubabukoh Most companies across the globe are in the process of defining or executing a digital transformation in response to what has been tagged ‘fifth industrial revolution’, which is expected to significantly change the way we live, work and interact with one another. This technology driven revolution is projected to be faster, more scalable []
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Kachikwu wants NLNG to raise capacity by 60%
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
Femi Asu The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, has challenged the Nigeria LNG Limited to expand its Liquefied Natural Gas production capacity to 40 million tonnes per annum over the next 30 years. He said this would enable the country to secure a significant share in the global LNG market, and []
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